Smith denies USC interest

McClatchy news servicesNovember 4, 2013 

Lovie Smith, who coached the Chicago Bears last season, told Fox Sports on Sunday that he didn’t interview for the USC job.

DUANE BURLESON/AP FILE, 2012

Lovie Smith denied that he interviewed for the USC coaching job and said he is not interested.

The former Chicago Bears coach told Fox Sports on Sunday that he was surprised by a CBS Sports report indicating that Smith interviewed for the job. Furthermore, he said he has no interest in coaching the Trojans.

The Bears fired Smith after their 10-6 record last season missed the playoffs.

CBS reported that Washington coach Steve Sarkisian also is on the Trojans’ radar. Sarkisian was USC’s offensive coordinator before taking the Huskies’ job in December 2008.

USC (6-3 overall, 3-2 Pac-12) seeks a permanent replacement for Lane Kiffin, who was fired after a 3-2 start to the season. Ed Orgeron is the interim coach.

Former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy and former Jacksonville Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio were linked to the job earlier, but the school said no one was authorized to contact either of them.

SEMINOLES BACK TO NO. 2 IN BCS STANDINGS

Florida State is back in second place in the BCS standings, edging past Oregon behind first-place Alabama.

But third-place Oregon plays Stanford on Thursday night, and a win likely will push the Ducks back into second. The Seminoles and Ducks have exchanged positions in the BCS standings the last two weeks.

Florida State is third in the USA Today coaches’ poll and Harris poll, though the Seminoles gained ground on Oregon after Saturday night’s 41-14 victory over Miami. Florida State is No. 1 in the computer rankings.

No. 3 Florida State gained ground on No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Oregon in The Associated Press poll after getting six first-place votes, four more than last week.

Alabama remains No. 1 with 52 first-place votes, three fewer than last week. Oregon received two first-place votes, a loss of one for the Ducks.

With its first loss, Miami dropped seven spots to 14th.

HURRICANES’ LEADING RUSHER OUT FOR SEASON

Miami will be without running back Duke Johnson for the rest of the season.

Johnson, the Hurricanes’ leading rusher, broke his right ankle in Saturday night’s loss to Florida State. School officials confirmed Sunday that he would have surgery this week.

“I’m disappointed for (Johnson) because he was starting to understand how to be a good running back,” Miami coach Al Golden said. “He was really starting to convert talent to skill.”

The sophomore had 145 carries for 920 yards and six touchdowns this season.

EXTRA POINTS

Iowa State linebacker Luke Knott will miss the rest of the season because of a hip injury that will require surgery. Knott has missed the past two games. … Derek Carr threw for 487 yards to break the Fresno State career passing record, leading the host Bulldogs (8-0 overall, 5-0 Mountain West) to a 41-23 win over Nevada (3-6, 2-4) on Saturday night. Carr broke Kevin Sweeney’s career record with a 27-yard pass to Josh Harper in the closing minutes, giving him 10,821 career yards passing.

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