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Cardinals president says Kliff Kingsbury had to resign from USC before interviewing for NFL jobs

Cardinals president says Kliff Kingsbury had to resign from USC before interviewing for NFL jobs
Published On: Thu, Jan 10
Jun 6, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Denver Broncos outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware (L) and retired Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (2L) look on as President Barack Obama (M) holds a team autographed Broncos helmet at a ceremony honoring the NFL Super Bowl Champion Broncos in the Rose Garden at The White House. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Kliff Kingsbury-USC sagaA did not end with his official introduction Wednesday as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. At this rate, it might never end.

Addressing a smaller group of reporters after Kingsburya€™s formal news conference in Tempe, Ariz., Cardinals President Michael Bidwill was asked to describe the process of Kingsbury becoming a candidate for the job. Bidwill revealed that Kingsbury had to resign as USCa€™s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach before he could interview with the New York Jets on Monday and the Cardinals on Tuesday.

a€œWe obviously were interested in him before he was available to be interviewed,a€ Bidwill said. a€œHe had to go through the process with USC. He resigned and then we started talking to him and got him out here.a€

Since reports leaked last week that Kingsbury was a head coaching candidate for the Jets and Cardinals, there had been persistent buzz that USC athletic director Lynn Swann was blocking teams from interviewing Kingsbury. Blocking a college offensive coordinator from interviewing for NFL head coaching jobs would have been an unprecedented move.

On Monday,A when Kingsbury interviewed with the JetsA and remained listed on the USC websitea€™s athletic department staff directory, the assumption was that Swann had backed down and allowed Kingsbury to interview in the hopes that he would remain with the Trojans afterward.

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