07:34 AM ET 01.29 | Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio has enough on his plate these days. [Del Rio] faces a challenge this week as he prepares for Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, power running back Marshawn Lynch and the expected return of receiver Percy Harvin. At least he needn't be concerned about USC's recruiting class. Del Rio, the former USC All-American linebacker, was interviewed by Athletic Director Pat Haden as a possible replacement for fired coach Lane Kiffin. Haden ultimately hired Steve Sarkisian. ... Haden has not commented publicly on where Del Rio or any candidate stood on USC's wish list during its coaching search. But the possibility that Del Rio could be working deep into the NFL playoffs -- and not on campus or on the road recruiting -- was regarded as a major concern.