Mike Tomlin delivers impassioned response to USC rumors


Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin vehemently denies interest in the USC football job.

To say that Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was livid to be asked about the head-coaching vacancy within the USC football program would be a gross understatement.

Here is Tomlin’s response to the final question he answered at the podium before storming out of Tuesday’s press conference ahead of Pittsburgh’s Week 8 road game at the division rival Cleveland Browns.

“Hey guys, I don’t have time for that speculation,” said Tomlin to the Pittsburgh media. “That’s a joke to me. I’ve got one of the best jobs in all of professional sport. Why would I have any interest in coaching college football? Never say never, but never. There’s not a booster with a big enough blank check.”

This comes on the heels of USC legendary quarterback Carson Palmer mentioning Tomlin as a candidate to replace Clay Helton in Los Angeles on The Dan Patrick Show on Monday morning.

Mike Tomlin was furious about being connected to the USC football job

While Tomlin does have one of the best jobs in professional sports and has never had a losing season with Pittsburgh, the Steelers are about to enter quarterbacking purgatory with future Hall of Famer Ben Roethlisberger on his last leg.

That said, Tomlin showed he has no intention of leaving the organization, especially for a college job like USC.

The last time a high-profile NFL head coach vehemently denied he was going to take a college job was Nick Saban in his second year leading the Miami Dolphins.

Saban left South Beach at the end of the 2006 season to bring the Alabama Crimson Tide back to glory. And the rest is history.

Other candidates for the USC job include Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell, Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell and Penn State head coach James Franklin.

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