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Sumlin sees positives in USC rumors

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In the two-plus days since the plug was pulled on the Lane Kiffin era, several names have been connected to the opening at USC.  Realistically or not, Kevin Sumlin is one of the most prominent names mentioned.

For the first time Tuesday, the Texas A&M head coach addressed the speculation.  OK, he somewhat addressed the speculation by stating the fact that his name is connected to such an iconic opening shows that the Aggies football program is headed in the right direction.

It means you’re winning and doing things the right way,” the coach said according to the San Antonio Express-News.

Coaches such as Sumlin or Steve Sarkisian — he addressed it yesterday — or Mike Riley — he denied interest in the Trojans job today as well — are in an untenable position when it comes to speculation regarding other jobs.  If they flatly and unequivocally deny interest in another job, they’re given a sneering “Saban/Miami/Alabama” and not believed.  If they don’t address the situation at all, it’s a sign that OMG he’s considering leaving.  If they tap dance around the issue, see OMG again.

I firmly believe Sumlin is one of the top coaches in the country and USC should absolutely pursue him until he’s said no a couple (dozen) times.  I also believe that there’s almost no way Sumlin leaves what’s fast becoming one of the prime jobs in the SEC for another college job.

For the NFL?  That’s certainly a realistic possibility.  For another position at the collegiate level, even one as prestigious as the Trojans?  You never say never, but I don’t ever see it happening when it comes to Sumlin.

And my apologies to Aggieland if I just jinxed it.

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8 Responses to “Sumlin sees positives in USC rumors”
  1. thekatman says: Oct 1, 2013 3:12 PM

    I don’t see any of the usual suspects accepting the HC job today. The eventual HC will not be a USC football alum. Fisher and Dell To do not have college coaching experience nor recruiting experience… with that said, the man to take the helm must be a people person, skilled in managing games, press, have a top notch staff of asst coaches from the nfl and college and MUST have to of the line recruiting coordinator.

    This job cannot be one that is rushed nor accepting of anyone less than a top 5 guy. We cannot make the same mistake this that we did after Robinson left in 1983, by looking for the next Pete Carroll. We need a coach who will transform the team, players and the style of offense to take us into the next 10 years. A defense like Alabana and Stanford and an offense like Oregon, TAMU and Baylor.
    Alk while maintaining USC tradition and Heritage. The offense must change to meet today’s challenges. The defense must change as well, but still be better than bana and Stanford.
    Like it or not, Student Body Right is not where the game is heading.

  2. pricecube says: Oct 1, 2013 4:18 PM

    “Coaches such as Sumlin or Steve Sarkisian… are in an untenable position when it comes to speculation regarding other jobs.”

    That is one untenable position I would love to be in. I mean hell, what is the worst case scenario? USC offers you million a year more than you are currently making and you tell your current employer to match the offer…?

  3. aetherthe says: Oct 1, 2013 5:38 PM

    Chip Kelly, it’s Pat Haden on line 1.

  4. triplegood says: Oct 1, 2013 6:23 PM

    Hhhmmm, let me see. A house in Malibu, Santa Monica or the Hollywood Hills or College Station, TX? If he’s offered more money do you really think that he will stay at Texas A&M?

  5. amosalanzostagg says: Oct 1, 2013 7:05 PM


    California State Income tax of 10.3% versus no state income tax in Texas. Starting from scratch against the likes of Stanford, Washington, Oregon and Arizona State and still having to face recruiting sanctions through 2015. Why not let a new coach take the hit and go when the sanctions are over?

    It took USC three tries before Carroll to get the right fit (Robinson, Smith and Hackett), what makes you think anyone wants the USC job being shorthanded for your first two years on the job on scholarships and just when you get the opportunity to get back to even keel, you’re replaced for “the good of the program.” because SC alums demand the Rose Bowl AND competing for the National Championship every year.

    I don’t think the football culture has changed on bit.It is merely laying dormant until the current sanctions play out, Haden or no Haden.


  6. houndofthebaskervols says: Oct 1, 2013 7:58 PM

    A&M just raised $740M, Sumlin ain’t going nowhere.

  7. sportsguy3434 says: Oct 1, 2013 11:11 PM

    Playing the Pac 12 schedule next year will be easier than the SEC West without Johnny Manzel…but I still think he stays.

  8. bronzestarusmc says: Oct 2, 2013 9:30 PM

    He is Gone!

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