Cardinals cleared to interview Kliff Kingsbury

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Update, 12:15 p.m., January 5: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that USC has denied permission to the New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals to interview its new offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury.

USC's stance regarding Kliff Kingsbury's availability to National Football League teams has apparently shifted. But NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said the school had granted approval for Kingsbury to interview with the Cardinals. He's still employed by the school, Rapoport reported, per a team official. After it emerged that Kingsbury was being prevented from interviewing by USC over the weekend, the possibility that Kingsbury could pay his contract buyout and resign was raised.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Arizona Cardinals and New York Jets have showed interest in Kingsbury. McDaniels, a long-time assistant under New England coach Bill Belichick, has been a head coach once in his career - with the Denver Broncos.

Kingsbury was sacked at Texas Tech on November 25.

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It is yet unknown if the Cardinals have anything scheduled with Kingsbury, the former Texas Tech coach who has led a top-five offense in college in five of the last nine years.

Asked if Kingsbury had resigned, a USC spokesperson said only, "He's still listed on our website's athletic department staff directory". Houston opted for a different former Texas Tech coach in West Virginia's Dana Holgorsen after Kingsbury reportedly turned down a "lucrative offer". Kingsbury has been deemed a quarterback whisperer, having a hand in developing the likes of Patrick Mahomes, Case Keenum, Davis Webb and Johnny Manziel.

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