Jacksonville Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio has been fired after nine seasons as the team's head coach, according to ESPN.

Del Rio, who has a 68-70 record with the team, was fired on Tuesday after the Jaguars struggled to a 3-8 record thus far this season. He has approximately $5 million remaining on his contract with the organization.

The former USC standout guided the team to two playoff appearances since 2003, but the team's inability to capitalize on a weakened AFC South this year likely led to his dismissal.

The Jaguars finished last season at 8-8 and were expected to compete for the division title after the Indianapolis Colts' quarterback Peyton Manning was sidelined for the season with a neck injury, but the team has struggled mightily in 2011.

One of the main reasons for Del Rio's downfall could be his faith in rookie Blaine Gabbert. He cut starter David Garrard before the start of the season in favor of Gabbert and little used Luke McCown.

Jaguars' defensive coordinator Mel Tucker has been named the interim coach for the remainder of the season.

Del Rio, who was once considered a candidate for the USC coaching opening in 2010, could head to the college ranks now. After a string of dismissals in college football on Sunday, Del Rio could be a candidate for Arizona State, UCLA, or one of the many other job openings.