Updated: Nov 8, 2021
(Screenshot via the "Dan Patrick Show" on YouTube)
Mike Tomlin made national news a few weeks ago when his name was being mentioned for the USC and LSU head coach positions. The rumor all started with former Bills general manager Doug Whaley on 93.7 The Fan, who said Tomlin could enhance his legacy by winning a National Championship, along with already being a Super Bowl-winning head coach.
The talk escalated even more with former Steelers safety and LSU product, Ryan Clark, who raved about the idea of Tomlin coaching at LSU. And then, former star quarterback at USC, Carson Palmer, said Tomlin's a "wild card" for the USC head coaching job. Palmer is also involved in the search for a new head coach at USC, so even though it seemed far-fetched, the question just had to be asked to Tomlin at his weekly press conference. And as expected, it was asked, and Tomlin shut down the rumors real quick with some epic lines.
“I don’t have time for that speculation,” Tomlin said. “That’s a joke to me. I’ve got one of the best jobs in all of professional sport, why would I have any interest in coaching college football? That’ll be the last time I address it. And not only today, but moving forward. Never say never, but never.”
Tomlin also said "there’s not a booster with a big enough blank check.”
Ben Roethlisberger was on the "Dan Patrick Show" on Friday and said he's been having some fun with Tomlin about the USC rumors.
During Roethlisberger's interview with the media in the week leading up to the Browns game, Roethlisberger wore gloves with USC colors and made sure to make it noticeable by touching his hat or face every so often.
Roethlisberger told Patrick that was looking for things in JuJu's Smith-Schuster's locker and that's where he found the cardinal and gold Adidas gloves.
Roethlisberger also said that he broke the news to Tomlin on the phone when Palmer mentioned his name as a wildcard for the USC job.
"Are you serious, like it's news?" Tomlin asked Roethlisberger.
Roethlisberger then responded by saying, "I think you're going to have to answer for it."
Roethlisberger said Tomlin didn't say anything about him wearing USC colored gloves, and assumes that he might have not seen it. But Roethlisberger plans on to continue to troll Tomlin whenever other college head coach positions are available.