NEWARK, N.J. —
At least he needn't be concerned about
Del Rio, the former USC All-American linebacker, was interviewed by Athletic Director Pat Haden as a possible replacement for fired coach Lane Kiffin.
Haden ultimately hired
"It's a great place," Del Rio said of USC on Tuesday during
Haden has not commented publicly on where Del Rio or any candidate stood on USC's wish list during its coaching search. But the possibility that Del Rio could be working deep into the
National signing day is next Wednesday.
Del Rio acknowledged that the scenario was addressed "a little bit" during his interview with Haden.
"That really lessened the probability of anything occurring," Del Rio said. "But again, it's a special place, one that I have a lot of respect for, special feelings for and I wish them the best."
Del Rio will still keep his eye on the
His son, Luke, a walk-on quarterback last season at
"His choice and I support it 100%," Jack Del Rio said. "He's got tremendous work ethic, he can spin the football, he's smart and I know he's going to do well."
Kiffin was hired as Alabama's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach a few days before Luke Del Rio announced via Twitter that he would leave the Crimson Tide. Alabama Coach