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Rams Interested in Kliff Kingsbury: Report

Former Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury has reportedly gained interest from another Los Angeles area football team, but this time at the professional level.

The Los Angeles Rams reportedly "reached out" to Kingsbury last week after he was fired by Texas Tech and have discussed bringing him in as an offensive assistant/consultant, according to FOX Sports' Peter Schrager.

"As I just said on FOX, there’s significant NFL interest in former Texas Tech HC Kliff Kingsbury. Rams HC Sean McVay reached out to Kingsbury last week and discussed having Kingsbury come aboard for this stretch run in an offensive assistant/consultant role. @NFLonFOX @gmfb," Schrager tweeted on Sunday.

On Thursday, Kingsbury was reported to have accepted the offensive coordinator position at USC by USCFootball.com and TrojanInsider.com. The coach was reportedly spotted on USC's campus with head coach Clay Helton early Thursday morning, according to USC Annenberg Associate Professor of Professional Practice Jeff Fellenzer.

The former Texas Tech coach would be the first new assistant hired to Helton's staff after the Trojans parted ways with defensive line coach Kenechi Udeze, defensive backs coach Ronnie Bradford and offensive coordinator/receiver coach Tee Martin last week.

Kingsbury went 35-40 during six seasons as Texas Tech's head coach, but was the only coach in Big 12 Conference history to win his first seven consectuive games.

However, the 39-year-old has excelled as an offensive assistant and was reported to have interest from several NFL teams, according to Yahoo Sports' Gil Brandy.

Kingsbury worked as an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Houston (2008-09) and Texas A&M (2012) before taking over as head coach of his alma mater in 2013.

He coached several standout college quarterbacks during his career including Case Keenum, who set several NCAA career passing records at Houston, Johnny Manziel, who won the Heisman Trophy in 2012 at Texas A&M and Kansas City Chiefs starter Patrick Mahomes at Texas Tech.

Mahomes threw for 11,252 yards, 93 touchdowns and 29 interceptions, while also recording a 152.0 passer rating playing under Kingsbury from 2014-17. He also recorded 845 yards and 22 touchdowns on 308 rushing attempts.

Kliff Kingsbury Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Texas Tech Red Raiders coaches from the sidelines in the first half of play against the Iowa State Cyclones at Jack Trice Stadium on October 27, 2018 in Ames, Iowa. Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images

Mahomes endorsed Kingsbury when it was reported that his name was linked to several NFL assistant coaching jobs last Wednesday.

“I am close with Coach Kingsbury,” Mahomes said. “He really helped my game and helped me as a person a lot. He is a genuine, good person and at the same time a very smart football coach. I know he will land back on his feet somewhere else and I am excited for the future with him.”

Kingsbury was also named FootballScoop.com's National Coordinator of the Year in 2011 and 2012.

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