With Pete Carroll on the verge of accepting the head coaching job with the Seattle Seahawks, speculation has been quick to rise regarding Jeff Fisher and the soon-to-be vacancy at his alma mater, Southern California.
Don’t buy into it.
And here’s why. First, Fisher is under contract with the Titans through 2011 and is one of the NFL’s highest-paid coaches during that time. Besides, Fisher has, if not autonomous control over the Titans’ on-field and front office moves, at least the strongest position inside the organization when comes to making the decisions he deems in the best interest of the club.
A coach who likes to be in control of situations regarding his team the way Fisher does, is probably not about to risk his livelihood on a bunch of 19- and 20-year-old kids.
When asked about his future at the Titans’ season-ending press conference, Fisher smiled and told members of the Nashville media,
“You’re stuck with me for a couple more years at least.”
Also, consider one of the reasons Carroll is apparently ready to jump back to the NFL after a successful run as the Trojans’ head coach. That’s because the NCAA apparently has USC in its crosshairs. Yet, another reason Fisher wouldn’t touch that situation.
So for whoever takes the reins at Southern California, it will be interesting to see who follows Carroll’s successful run there. But it won’t be Fisher.