Former Cincinnati Bengals player Eric Bieniemy, who has served as the Chiefs' offensive coordinator since 2018 after coaching Kansas City's running backs for five seasons, is expected to be a head-coaching candidate at University of Southern California, according to a report Tuesday via Twitter from ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Bieniemy, a running back and kick returner for the Bengals from 1995 to 1998, was passed over by NFL teams with head-coaching vacancies earlier this year.
On Tuesday, University of Cincinnati Bearcats head coach Luke Fickell emphatically quieted chatter linking him to the USC vacancy.
Southern Cal fired Clay Helton earlier this week after an upset loss to Stanford.
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes said earlier this year that it would be crazy for an NFL team with a head coaching vacancy not to strongly consider hiring Bieniemy.
"(Bieniemy's) track record speaks for itself," Mahomes said in a radio interview. "The type of man he is, the way he can control and be a leader of the locker room and the way that he coaches and schemes he brings to us. If he doesn’t (get a position as a head coach), people are crazy."
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