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Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Report: USC eyes Del Rio, Petersen and Bellotti

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Another day, more names get attached to the USC coaching vacancy.

The LA Times this morning added two names to the hunt: Boise State's Chris Petersen, who just signed another extension with the Broncos, and former Oregon coach -- and current athletic director -- Mike Bellotti.

The LA Daily News reported late Monday night that USC has offered Jacksonville Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio a contract, but a report out of Jacksonville cast doubt on whether Del Rio will leave with so much money on the table with his present contract.

Petersen is much like Oregon State coach Mike Riley, who signed a contract extension with the Beavers after he was identified as USC's top target. Petersen has spurned previous big-money offers to remain at Boise. But would USC be a temptation?

Bellotti flirted with USC in 2000, but ultimately backed away as athletic director Mike Garrett was forced to hire a guy named Pete Carroll.

Bellotti, who turned 59 in December, hasn't seemed totally in love with being an athletic director, so maybe he'd be intrigued by the opportunity.