Mike Tomlin has suddenly found his name linked to the USC head coaching vacancy, but the Pittsburgh Steelers coach made it clear on Tuesday that he has no interest on taking a college coaching job period.
Tomlin became extremely annoyed when asked if he would consider leaving the Steelers for USC or any other college job. He called the speculation a “joke” and said there isn’t an offer in the world that would make him give it a thought.
“Hey guys, I don’t have time for that speculation. That’s a joke to me,” Tomlin said. “I’ve got one of the best jobs in all of professional sports. Why would I have any interest in coaching college football? That’ll be the last time I address it, not only today but moving forward. Never say never, but never. Anybody else got any questions about any college jobs? There’s not a booster with a big enough blank check.”
Tomlin then ended his press conference by asking if any reporters have asked Sean Payton or Andy Reid about college jobs. Of course, Tomlin wasn’t asked about USC out of nowhere. He can thank former Trojans star Carson Palmer for that.
In the last 40 years, the Steelers have had only three head coaches. Tomlin is one the longest reigning head coaches in the NFL. Only Bill Belichick and Sean Payton has been with their current teams longer. To ask Tomlin about leaving the Steelers for the college ranks is disrespectful.