USC reportedly offered defensive coordinator job to prominent Pac-12 assistant
USC reportedly offered its vacant defensive coordinator job to Utah’s Morgan Scalley.
Scalley turned the Trojans down.
According to reports from Wildcat Authority’s Jason Scheer and UteZone’s Steve Bartle, the offer from USC to Utah’s defensive coordinator was “significant.” But the expectation is that Scalley will remain in Salt Lake City.
Scalley is in his 16th year with the Utah football program. He has spent the last eight seasons as the school’s defensive coordinator. He previously served as an administrative assistant in 2006, a grad assistant in 2007, the program’s safeties coach and recruiting coordinator from 2009-15, and the special teams coordinator in 2015 before moving into his current role
A program alum, Scalley is a Utah man through and through.
He’d also be the second coordinator on Whittingham’s staff to turn down a significant opportunity elsewhere in as many seasons. Notre Dame came calling for offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig last offseason, but Ludwig elected to remain in Salt Lake City and Notre Dame promoted from within as a result.
Lincoln Riley is 0-3 against Scalley’s Utah defense since coming to USC. Utah gave USC its first loss in 2022 and then beat the Trojans again in the Pac-12 title game last season. This fall, Utah beat USC at the Coliseum 34-32.
The Trojans fired defensive coordinator Alex Grinch one day after a 52-42 home loss to Washington and Riley has been on the hunt for his replacement since.
A report from The Big Call’s Ryan Phillips on Monday said USC plans to have a new defensive coordinator in place by the end of the week. An announcement could come as early as Monday, and signs point toward major staff changes to follow.