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With one of the top college football head coaching job already available, and more inevitably to come, there has been buzz about former Super Bowl winning coach Doug Pederson perhaps being coveted by USC or others.

However, Pederson is focused only on a return to the NFL at this point, according to league sources, and is putting his time and preparation into a return in 2022. Pederson is following the league closely and keeping tabs on what a potential NFL staff might look like as well, with interview opportunities undoubtedly to come in January. The Eagles parted ways with Pederson last year later than what is the norm, making him a free agent while many head coaching searches were already well underway.

The timing and nature of his departure caught many by surprise considering he helped bring the franchise its first Lombardi Trophy in 2018 and reached the playoffs in three of his five seasons there. Pederson has a strong reputation as a quarterback guru, play caller and staff builder, and his resume will appeal to many owners considering a coaching change after the season.

Pederson, a former NFL quarterback and longtime NFL assistant, is intent on relaunching his professional head coaching career this winter, though college opportunities may arise. USC already made a coaching change, creating heightened speculation as to whom may take over that program, and with fans back in stadiums and revenues back up, other college administrators will be looking to upgrade at the head coaching position as well as programs that fail to meet expectations.

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