Speculation Swirls That Mike Tomlin Might Go To USC Or LSU

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Will Mike Tomlin leave the NFL to take a college job?

Former NFL executive Doug Whaley thinks it’s very possible that Tomlin could entertain offers from USC and LSU as the two powerhouse programs are both looking for a new coach. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)

Whaley joined “The Fan Morning Show” this week to discuss the situation, and it sounds like the former Bills GM thinks it’s possible.

“Six letters for Steelers fans to be very concerned about…LSU, USC. Think about that. Both institutions can out-pay the Rooney’s. Their alumni base has enough money to give Mike Tomlin whatever he wants,” Whaley explained.

Do I think there is a chance Tomlin goes to USC or LSU? Absolutely not. Not a chance in hell. He’s been in the NFL for a very long time and he’s been very successful.

There’s no reason for him to leave, and I also 100% don’t believe the Steelers wouldn’t pay him whatever it took for him to stay.

Sure, LSU or USC could easily cut him off $13 million a year, but Pittsburgh could do the same.

You know why Tomlin might also not be interested in going to college? In the NFL, it’s just about football at all times.

At the college level, you have to recruit all year and then you have to make sure kids are going to class and staying out of trouble.

That’s never a concern in the NFL. Guys show up and just play football. I’m not sure Tomlin wants to deal with the headaches that come with being a college coach.

Of course, I’ve been wrong before and I could be wrong here. I just think it’s one hell of a stretch to see him leaving for a college job.