In the days after USC fired Clay Helton, Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy emerged as a reported candidate. Bieniemy, who often is connected to NFL head coaching vacancies, is a Southern California native.

Whether or not Bieniemy would be interested is the question everyone was wondering. However, CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora says the NFL assistant would be, but mentioned a possible hurdle.

“Bieniemy grew up in Southern California, went to high school not too far from campus, and has been familiar with the program his entire life,” La Canfora wrote Sunday in a published report. “In January, the longtime Andy Reid assistant once again had numerous interviews for NFL head coaching positions, though the timing of another Chiefs run to the Super Bowl played some role in his return, with the league’s rules about when coaches can be hired still seemingly arcane to some.

Timing could again be an issue should USC want to complete its hire by Thanksgiving or so for recruiting purposes, but it is one of a few select college openings Bieniemy would be open to, I’m told, if the process played out in the right manner.”

Asked earlier this week about his name being tied to the coaching vacancy at USC, Bieniemy put the focus on Week 2 of the season.

“You know me,” Bieniemy said. “You guys know me. I am where my feet are. When it’s all said and done with, I am focused on the task at hand. I’m not worried about anything like where my name is being mentioned. My job right now is to make sure that we’re preparing for this weekend’s opponent.”

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