Eric Musselman Eyeing The USC Job? Report States He Will Interview, And It Might Be Better If He Was Offered

Arkansas could be searching for a new men's basketball coach in the coming days if things reportedly go to plan for the USC Trojans. 

Coming off a season where the Razorbacks struggled and did not make the postseason, Eric Musselman might be thinking it's time to reset his clock in Southern California. According to a report from Scott Schrader, the Arkansas head coach is scheduled to interview with USC on Wednesday, making things very uncomfortable for the folks in Fayettville. 

It was just last week that athletic director Hunter Yurachek posted a video on social media that made it clear that Musselman was still the head coach at Arkansas, after numerous social media posts had him potentially leaving for Louisville. 

Musselman is coming off his fifth year at Arkansas, where he has compiled a 111-59 record, with 2 Elite-Eight appearances and three trips to the NCAA Tournament. 

Speaking on a podcast recently, Yurachek made it clear that the video used was actually spliced from a different one they shot three years ago, and that as of now, Musselman was still the head coach at Arkansas. 

"That was a video that was recorded a few years ago," Hunter Yurachek said in a recent interview. "That video was probably 30 or 40 seconds in length, and we edited that down. I had our communications staff edit that down. As you guys alluded to, coach Musselman, much to his success, has been rumored for multiple jobs that have been open here in this offseason, and he's still the basketball coach as I sit here today and record this podcast at the University of Arkansas.

"He has been well taken care of in his past contracts where he's had a couple of extensions in the past few years at six-figure increases. There's not a new contract in place for him this year, but that video was just trying to dispel some of the rumors that, 'Hey, he's still our basketball coach.'"

Eric Musselman Is Interviewing With USC

All of this is in reaction to Andy Enfield taking the SMU job earlier, which he will now be coaching in the ACC. Now, we could possibly have an opening in the Big Ten filled by an SEC head coach, and one that is popular within the conference. 

Now the question is whether or not Musselman could return to Arkansas on good-footing if he decided to return, given that he interviewed with another school. We have seen this in past years, as Tennessee head coach Rick Barnes came close to leaving for UCLA, but a buyout ended up being one of the reasons he stayed in Knoxville. 

If the report comes to fruition, and he does interview for the USC job, I would imagine the Trojans would be ready to offer a contract. If not, Musselman will have an interesting time in Fayettville going forward. 

Written by
Trey Wallace is the host of The Trey Wallace Podcast that focuses on a mixture of sports, culture, entertainment along with his perspective on everything from College Football to the College World Series. Wallace has been covering college sports for 15 years, starting off while attending the University of South Alabama. He’s broken some of the biggest college stories including the Florida football "Credit Card Scandal" along with the firing of Jim McElwin and Kevin Sumlin. Wallace also broke one of the biggest stories in college football in 2020 around the NCAA investigation into recruiting violations against Tennessee football head coach Jeremy Pruitt. Wallace also appears on radio across seven different states breaking down that latest news in college sports.