The USC job is among the hottest openings in faculty soccer and former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Carson Palmer teased one potential contender for the place on Monday.

Palmer, a former USC quarterback, mentioned on “The Dan Patrick Show” he’s listening to the front-runners for the top teaching job included Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and different massive names.

Southern California head coach Clay Helton looks on in the first half during an NCAA college football game against Utah, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, in Salt Lake City.

Southern California head coach Clay Helton appears on within the first half throughout an NCAA faculty soccer sport towards Utah, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, in Salt Lake City.
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“I’ve been as involved as they’ll let me be… there’s a lot of front-runners right now,” he mentioned. “You’ve got a wild card like Mike Tomlin, if Mike Tomlin wants out… At the end of the day there’s not a ‘that’s the guy everybody’s pointing their fingers at.'”

He additionally talked about Penn State’s James Franklin, Iowa State’s Matt Campbell and Cincinnati’s Luke Fickell.

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When requested whether or not Tomlin’s identify got here up in USC’s discussions, Palmer mentioned he was “sure he has.”

In this Dec. 8, 2019, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is shown prior to an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, in Glendale, Arizona.

In this Dec. 8, 2019, file picture, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is proven previous to an NFL soccer sport towards the Arizona Cardinals, in Glendale, Arizona.
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“I think anybody is a potential candidate right now, and that’s what’s so great about the job: It can lure an NFL guy that is tired of their current situation and worried about, is Ben Roethlisberger gone, is he done, who are we going to draft? Does Mike Tomlin have to start over with a first-round, young rookie quarterback?” Palmer mentioned

“Everybody’s on the table being that that job is so big and so coveted. I think there’s a bunch of people that are in the discussion, and once we get to Week 16, 17 of the NFL season and the college football season is over, we’ll have a direct front-runner.”

Mike Tomlin looks on during the second quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on Oct. 3, 2021, in Wisconsin.

Mike Tomlin appears on in the course of the second quarter towards the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on Oct. 3, 2021, in Wisconsin.
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USC fired Clay Helton in the course of the season. Helton was 1-1 on the time of his dismissal. USC hasn’t been as related since Sam Darnold was underneath middle. The Trojans received the Rose Bowl in 2016 – their final main bowl sport.