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Steelers' Mike Tomlin halts USC, LSU coaching rumors: 'That's a joke to me'

Steelers' Mike Tomlin halts USC, LSU coaching rumors: 'That's a joke to me'
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, shown Sept. 19, 2021, was recently linked to the head-coaching vacancies at USC and LSU. File Photo by Archie Carpenter/UPI | License Photo

Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin on Tuesday shut down speculation that he could be in the running to fill head-coaching vacancies at USC or LSU.

"Hey, guys, I don't have time for that speculation," Tomlin emphatically told reporters during his weekly news conference. "I mean, that's a joke to me. I got one of the best jobs in all of professional sport. Why would I have any interest in coaching college football?

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"That will be the last time I address it. Not only today, but moving forward. Never say never, but never. OK? Anybody else got any questions about any college jobs, there's not a booster with a big enough blank check."

Tomlin ended his fiery response by referencing two NFL head coaches that previously had success but have been struggling this season: "Anybody asking [New Orleans Saints coach] Sean Payton about that? Anybody asking [Kansas City Chiefs coach] Andy Reid about stuff like that?"

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The 49-year-old Tomlin was recently linked to the openings at USC and LSU through speculation by former Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley, who spent time in the Steelers' front office.

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Former Steelers defensive back Ryan Clark and ex-Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer also floated Tomlin's name around as a possible candidate.

Tomlin, who became the youngest head coach in NFL history to win a Super Bowl at age 36 when the Steelers defeated the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII, has posted a 154-87-1 record in Pittsburgh. He has never had a losing season since taking over the Steelers in 2007.

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