Texas 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.”)