LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Southern California remained without a coach Thursday, although Pete Carroll, believed to be the leading candidate, was scheduled to meet with university officials.

``No press conference was called, no press conference will be called, and no press release will be issued today,'' USC sports information director Tim Tessalone said late in the afternoon. ``We're living day-to-day on this. As soon as we're ready to call a press conference to name a new coach, we will alert the proper media.''

Carroll, the former head coach of the NFL's New York Jets and New England Patriots, said after arriving from Boston on Wednesday night he was scheduled to talk with USC officials on Thursday.

As he walked through Los Angeles International Airport, he said he wasn't sure what to expect in the meeting. He did say he and USC representatives had already had ``quite a bit of dialogue.''

``There has been a strong mutual interest,'' he added.

Carroll's daughter, Jaime, is a freshman member of the USC women's volleyball team.

Carroll, 49, was fired by the Jets after one season, a 6-10 showing in 1994. He was let go by the Patriots last January after going 27-21 in three seasons.

Carroll hasn't been involved in college coaching since 1983, when he was assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at the University of Pacific, his alma mater.

Meanwhile, San Diego Chargers coach Mike Riley, another candidate for the job, said Thursday there was nothing new to report.

``I don't know anything,'' he said. ``I haven't heard anything, don't know anything, haven't talked to anybody at all for a long time.''

Riley said Wednesday he spoke briefly with a USC official early in the day, but claimed that he, like everyone else, was waiting to see what the school will do.