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A&M’s Sumlin OK With Southern Cal Talk

kevin-sumlin-atm-shirt-smileTexas A&M head football coach Kevin Sumlin has been mentioned as a possible candidate to replace Lane Kiffin at Southern Cal.  No wonder, Sumlin’s offense has thrived at Houston and now in the SEC as well.  He’s a top o’ the line recruiter and star on the rise by most accounts, a man who’s been linked to many an NFL job, too.

So did Sumlin play off the potential of a Southern Cal courtship as most coaches would?  Nope.  Instead, he made it clear yesterday that he was flattered by the talk.  “It means you’re winning and doing things the right way,” he said of the Trojans’ possible interest.

Technically, Kiffin hadn’t won or done things the right way when he landed the gig in LA, but we get Sumlin’s point.

The question is this: Would Sumlin trade what we’ve referred to as a goldmine job at Texas A&M for — potentially — a little more cash and a little more exposure at Southern Cal?  Doubtful.  He’s already at an all-time top 20 program.  What could Trojan AD Pat Haden really offer aside from great weather and — again, potentially — a bit more money?  If Texas A&M isn’t a lateral move, it’s certainly close.  If Sumlin wants to win in the college game, he’s in a perfect place to do it where he’s already become a hero to Aggie fans.

We believe A&M fans are right to be concerned about an eventual jump by Sumlin to the NFL, something he has said could be in his future at some point.  Another college job, even the one at Southern Cal, isn’t likely to lure Sumlin away from College Station.

(And, yes, “famous last words.”)



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mckeownms -- you are living in the past.  Southern Cal is in an also ran conference.  Texas A&M is the only SEC team in the incredibly football rich state of Texas.  You should look at the quality of the players A&M is pulling in.  Guess what?  Texas A&M is leading the pack in the state of Texas, not its cross state rival in Austin.  Add to that the fact that A&M will have the premier facility in all of college football in two years.  And it will be far larger than USC's venue .... or the Rose Bowl for that matter.  And it will have every upgrade imaginable.

Sumlin is forward looking, which is why he will stay at A&M.  A&M has it all:  it is in the top conference, it is in a talent rich state, it has a football rabid fanbase and it has a gigantic endowment to make things happen (one that is far bigger than Southern Cal's). No, Sumlin is a visionary ... He does not live in the past. 


I have to disagree with you here John. Texas A&M is a solid program no doubt. But the USC job is THE most glamorous job in College Football. (Keyword: "glamorous" not best). The amount of exposure USC gets on a nationally is significantly more than A&M. USC gets the best players in California, A&M is still the second son of Texas Football (though this is definitely shifting).

Can you name a single famous A&M player?

USC has some of the best RB's of College Football History:  Marcus Allen, OJ Simpson, Reggie Bush, Charles White.

What is A&M without Johnny Football? I don't think Sumlin wants to find out.


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