LOS ANGELES -- Apparently even people who don't work for Southern California are trying to hire the Trojans' next football coach.
USC athletic director Pat Haden said Monday that two people pretending to be representatives of his school have contacted two coaches and attempted to discuss the Trojans' coaching vacancy with them.
USC has identified the posers and is taking "appropriate action," the school said in a blog post on its official website.
The Trojans (3-2, 0-2 Pac-12) fired Lane Kiffin on Sept. 29 and installed Ed Orgeron as their interim coach while Haden looks for a new leader for one of the nation's highest-profile programs.
Haden said somebody pretending to be a USC official repeatedly tried to speak to an unnamed member of the Denver Broncos' coaching staff about the opening. Jack Del Rio, the Broncos' defensive coordinator and the former Jacksonville head coach, is a former USC linebacker who has been linked to the job before Kiffin was hired and after he was fired. Another phony school representative contacted Tony Dungy, the former Tampa Bay and Indianapolis coach. Dungy talked about his apparent contact with USC on a national radio show Monday, saying he turned down the representative and outlining what the Trojans need in a new coach.
Dungy later tweeted that he had been misled by "someone acting on their own." He apologized to Haden for the mix-up.
Lions investigating: The Detroit Lions said Monday they are investigating whether center Dominic Raiola verbally abused members of the University of Wisconsin marching band during Detroit's game at Green Bay over the weekend. The band was at Lambeau Field to perform during and after Sunday's game, won by the Packers.
Pacman trial: Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones punched a woman after she poured beer on him when he insulted her and her friends, witnesses and a prosecutor said Monday at his trial on an assault charge. Jones' attorney said in opening statements that Jones was the victim and that the woman struck first, hitting him with a beer bottle.
Out for the season: Michigan defensive tackle Ondre Pipkins will miss the rest of the season after tearing an anterior cruciate ligament in one of his knees during Saturday's win over Minnesota.
The team announced the loss Monday. Pipkins, a sophomore, had appeared in all five games, totaling seven tackles.
New sponsor: National University is the new title sponsor of the Holiday Bowl. The sponsorship takes effect with this year's game, scheduled for Dec. 30 at Qualcomm Stadium between teams from the Pac-12 and Big 12 conferences.
According to its website, National University is the second-largest private nonprofit institution of higher education in California and the 12th-largest in the United States.
Another surgery: Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti will need a second surgery on the broken right ankle he suffered when his car went airborne into the fence during the last lap of the Grand Prix of Houston.
Franchitti also fractured two vertebrae in his spine and received a concussion. He had surgery on the ankle Sunday night and remained in the hospital afterward. Franchitti is expected to return to Indianapolis on Wednesday and have a second surgery on his ankle.
Moved to federal court: Alex Rodriguez's lawsuit claiming Major League Baseball and Commissioner Bud Selig went on a "witch hunt" to force him from the sport has been moved from state to federal court.
Major League Baseball filed a notice of removal Monday, saying claims by the New York Yankees third baseman are governed by federal law.
Potter rallies: Julia Potter needed a rally from a three-hole deficit to take a 2-up victory over Stacy Dennis in Monday's first round of match play during the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Championship at Biltmore Forest Country Club. Four-time and defending U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur champion Meghan Stasi rolled to a 5-and-4 victory over Julie Streng despite a hole-in-one by Streng.