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Jeff Fisher calls USC coaching rumors 'absurd'

As if there was any doubt, but just in case, Jeff Fisher shot down some rumors about a potential coaching move.

Dilip Vishwanat

Jeff Fisher is not going to USC to replace embattled head coach Lane Kiffin. The St. Louis Rams head coach made that perfectly clear on Wednesday afternoon.

"That's absurd," Fisher said. "They're rumors."

No beating around the bush there. So we can put all that to rest, which is good for the Rams and their fans.

In case you're just tuning in, rumors surfaced earlier in the week that Fisher was a candidate to replace Kiffin at USC. Fisher is a native of Southern California and played out his college days for the Trojans. The rumor was actually reported by two ESPN college football reporters, not some Incarcerated Bob offshoot.

That's not surprising. Floating rumors like that into the press is a time-honored way of letting a coach know that he or she needs to get it together. In Kiffin's case it may be too late. Either way, there are some people at USC unhappy about the team's direction, and this was one way of letting the world know about it.

Back to work. Nothing to see here. Move along.