Desmond Howard Thinks USC Should ‘Make A Run At’ Steelers HC Mike Tomlin

If you watched and listened to ESPN’s College GameDay Saturday morning, you probably heard the Pittsburgh Steelers mentioned during the broadcast. Why? Because analyst Desmond Howard said he believes Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin would be an ideal candidate for the now-vacant USC head coaching position.

“I think they [USC] need to go to the NFL, I think they need to go to a coach who’d bring some respectability and some integrity,” said Howard. “And I think I’d make a run at Steelers coach Mike Tomlin. He’s a guy who’s well-respected and he’d bring integrity back to that program and he’s coached at the highest level.”

While that all sounds fine and good in theory, and especially when tossing darts at a board while blindfolded, we all know that Tomlin’s not on the hot seat in Pittsburgh and that he likely has no interest in returning to the college ranks just yet. The same goes for St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher, who Lee Corso suggested as a candidate for the open USC job Saturday morning.

Like most of us, fellow analyst Kirk Herbstreit is skeptical that USC would be able to hire Tomlin away from the Steelers.

“That sounds good, but who’s going to leave the NFL to coach at USC?” Herbstreit asked.

Tomlin, who signed a two-year contract extension with the Steelers in July, is currently one of the NFL’s longest-tenured head coaches. His new deal, which runs through the 2018 season, also made him one of the top five highest-paid coaches in the NFL. Tomlin last coached at the college level in 2000 with Cincinnati. He was in charge of coaching the defensive backs during the two years that he was there. Prior to that job, Tomlin coached at Arkansas State, Memphis and the Virginia Military Institute.

USC parted ways with Steve Sarkisian this past week.

  • Superdriller316

    Tomlin will leave when his boys go to college.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Steve Spurrier is a former NFL coach that just came available for the USC job.

  • CW

    Tomlin will eventually leave like Cowher and Nolls before him… when he’s ready to either retire or semi-retire and be an analyst on the Sunday football programs. In other words Tomlin could well be coaching the Steelers well into the 2030s or even the 2040s if he and the Rooneys so desired.

  • CW

    Steelers 100 years from 1969 to 2070 will probably have around 5 to 8 head coaches in all that time…

    The Browns will manage that number in less than a decade almost every single decade.

  • Steel Your Face

    What an ass hat take, Desmond…laughable.

  • steelersfan

    Haha . Tomlin would be a fool to leave the one place where he is virtually guaranteed indefinite job security . He’s not a fool though which is why this is not a story.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Boi, Bye!

  • MailboxKid

    Ya, Tomlin is going to leave a contending team with an elite quarterback in a situation where he is among coaching legend alumni for that clustf*** in LA.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    I would immediately un-retire if I was him! USC is one of those schools that with the right coaching, the talent should always be there!

  • pittfan

    No doubt. Without question now this is HIS team. There is no Cowher halo hanging over this team and it is poised to win Lombardis over the next few years.
    No way is he leaving that for the University of Spoiled Children.

  • MailboxKid

    Spurrier DOES NOT fly in LA.


    I agree. I think any NFL coach in Tomlin’s position would already be day dreaming about more SBs and the HOF, however plausible that may be. Why give up the dream at this juncture?

  • Chazsteelerfan

    Cocaine is a helluva drug, so is LSD, I think Howard is using both….obviously

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  • Keith Evans

    ..or be fired…

  • thomas hmmmm

    Tomlin is on the verge of winning another Super Bowl, why would he even consider leaving? I understand they are only picking names of people who have the character traits needed to succeed at USC but come on…. Tomlin is not a fool he knows he has the best gig in the NFL and knew that the day he was first hired. He finally has “his” team and for the most part is not coaching on the coattails of Cowher. He has the most talented offense in the league (when everyone is healthy). He has what is looking like a very young, but extremely talented front 7 on D. All he needs to reach another SB is that all players remain relatively healthy. To be honest there is only one team in the NFC that can match up with the Steelers and that is GB. GB is the only team besides NE that can really attack Pitts weakness which is the secondary. I highly doubt NE would have won the 1st game had Pitt had Bell and Bryant.

  • Steel City Slim

    If any NFL head coach is going to leave the NFL for a college coaching job it would be Chip Kelly.

  • Thomas

    Is it just me or does college have better officiating then the NFL? it actually has the pace of a normal game still but the nfl can’t go 2 plays without a flag….

  • c t s

    That’s cuz college doesn’t have the pay grade n advertising that the nfl has. Longer games=more ad time.

  • theprideofpit

    fire Tomlin!!!

  • Paddy

    They would be better off prying away David Shaw from Stanford

  • Jason

    Spurrier made it clear he didn’t retire, he resigned.

  • Zarbor

    Desmond Howard is an idiot.

  • ND_Steel

    Or when Ben retires will be another potential trigger point.

  • francesco

    Managing the game clock has been a challenge for Tomlin…managing the clock in Pacific time is not an easy task!?

  • SMF

    Best fit for USC is O. J. Simpson; sorry couldn’t resist–I’m a Bruin