Cardinals hire Kingsbury on reported 4-year deal

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It appears Kliff Kingsbury is heading to the NFL after all.

Kingsbury is finalizing a deal to become the next head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, sources told NFL Network's Peter Schrager.

The 39-year-old joined USC as the offensive coordinator 34 days ago after being fired as Texas Tech's head coach following six seasons in charge of the program. The Trojans originally denied requests from NFL teams to interview him.

The New York Jets were also interested in Kingsbury for their head-coaching vacancy but knew he favored the Cardinals' job, according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.

The offensive-minded head coach will have a number of intriguing pieces to work with in Arizona, including 2018 first-round pick Josh Rosen. Rosen struggled as a rookie but has the potential to emerge as a future franchise quarterback. The team also features star running back David Johnson and dynamic receiver Christian Kirk.

Kingsbury compiled a 35-40 record with the Red Raiders and never finished above .500 in Big 12 play.

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