Southern Cal blog Reign of Troy ranks Gene Chizik as the most likely defensive coordinator candidate to replace Daddy Kiffin.
Over parts of four different seasons, Chizik won 34 straight games as a defensive coordinator with Auburn Tigers and Texas Longhorns, including a win over USC in the 2006 Rose Bowl. When he was hired as Iowa State’s head coach for the 2007 season, he was considered to be the best defensive coordinator college football. Fast forward five years and with the exception of a magical National Championship run in 2010 aided by Cam Newton at Auburn, Chizik’s proved that he’s not cut out to be a successful head coach. But that doesn’t mean he’s lost his ability to be a defensive genius.
Against Oregon in the BCS National Championship Game two years ago, Chizik’s Auburn Tigers held Chip Kelly’s Ducks to 19 points. But more importantly, and rather miraculously, Auburn kept them to just 75 yards rushing, a fraction of what Kenjon Barner dialed up against USC last month.
Considering that the Trojans are desperate to find a way to shut down Oregon, Gene Chizik surely has the résumé, results and sizable name to make Lane Kiffin want him to succeed Monte Kiffin. Plus, Chizik is a tremendous recruiter, as evident with the ability to get and keep the commitments of Carl Lawson and Reuben Foster at Auburn despite a poor season on the field. The Trojans are planning to make a run at Lawson as he opens up his recruitment ahead of Signing Day, and they could be a favorite to land the stud defensive end if Chizik lands at USC.
[H/T I Bleed Crimson Red]