Is Chad Morris a top candidate for the USC coaching job? (Tyler Smith / Getty Images )
USC's next football coach could be....Chad Morris?
I get paid to know who he is, but what about you?
Morris is a 9-1 favorite to be the coach who replaces Lane Kiffin according to odds released by Las Vegas-based website Bovada.
The list basically rounds up the list of usual suspects: Former USC star Jack Del Rio, now the defensive coordinator with the Denver Broncos, leads the odds at 3-1 followed at 5-1 by Boise State's Chris Petersen and Vanderbilt Coach James Franklin.
Here's a report that says Del Rio would not leave Denver before his contract expires in February.
Petersen has seemingly turned down every job that has opened in the last five years. Franklin might be very available.
San Francisco 49ers assistant coach Greg Roman is 6-1 followed by current USC defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast at 7-1. (Really?)
Others in the odds mix:
Kirby Smart, Jon Gruden, Steve Sarkisian: 8-1.
Smart is currently defensive coordinator at Alabama, Gruden is an analyst on ESPN and Sarkisian is coach of No. 15 Washington.
Sarkisian said at his Monday news conference he would not speculate on hypothetical questions about the USC job. He was an assistant at USC under former coach Pete Carroll.
-- Chad Morris: 8-1. Give up? He's the offensive coordinator for Dabo Swinney at Clemson.
-- Kevin Sumlin: 12-1. Sumlin coaches Johnny Manziel at Texas A&M, but the Aggies are ranked No. 112 in NCAA total offense this week.
-- Herm Edwards: 15-1. His name is on the short list of every speculator because, as you remember from his coaching days, he "plays to win the game."
-- Ed Orgeron: 20-1. He's been named the interim USC coach and is a former head coach at Mississippi, where he went 10-25 but did recruit and coach offensive lineman Michael Oher from "The Blind Side" fame.
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