Updated Monday, Oct. 14 at 10:31 a.m. CT
(WSCR) Former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith interviewed for the vacant head coaching position at USC last week, a source told Mike Mulligan of The Mully and Hanley Show.
Smith has been sitting out the 2013 football season after being fired by the Bears last December.
Smith coached at the college level for 13 years before jumping to the NFL in 1996. He was the linebackers coach at Tulsa, Wisconsin, Arizona State and Kentucky before serving as the defensive backs coach at Tennessee and Ohio State.
In 1996, he joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as their linebacker coach. He served as the St. Louis Rams’ defensive coordinator from 2001-2003 before becoming the Bears head coach in 2004.
Update: The agent and son of Lovie Smith, Matt Smith, denied this report in a tweet sent Monday morning: “While USC would be an incredible opportunity, Lovie Smith did not interview for that opening. Any reports to the contrary are false.”