The former Texas Tech head coach has been linked to several NFL openings and his buyout is small enough at USC that an exit is possible.Kingsbury is probably unlikely to get an NFL head coaching gig, but an offensive coordinator position might be possible.NFL insider Mike Florio reported on NBC tonight that Kingsbury could be an option for the New England Patriots. LUBBOCK, TX – OCTOBER 18: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Texas Tech Red Raiders during game action against the Kansas Jayhawks on October 18, 2014 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. Texas Tech won the game 34-21.(Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)Kliff Kingsbury is reportedly considering leaving USC a couple of weeks after accepting the offensive coordinator position with the Trojans. The Patriots are reportedly preparing for offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels to get a head coaching job.“On NBC, Mike Florio says Kliff Kingsbury, the USC offensive coordinator is a viable candidate to replace Josh McDaniels if he leaves as Patriots OC,” Yianni Kourakis tweeted.On NBC, Mike Florio says Kliff Kingsbury, the USC offensive coordinator is a viable candidate to replace Josh McDaniels if he leaves as Patriots OC.— Yianni Kourakis (@YianniKourakis) January 6, 2019 McDaniels is considered to be a leading candidate for a couple of NFL head coaching jobs.Kingsbury, 39, has yet to coach at the NFL level.