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Report: Kevin Sumlin emerges as USC’s top target

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On the very day Lane Kiffin was canned as USC’s head coach, Kevin Sumlin was one of a handful of names mentioned as potential replacements.  A couple of days later, Sumlin publicly acknowledged and downplayed the speculation while also choosing to see the positive in the rumors connecting him to a job other than his current one.

For those who thought we’d heard the last of the Sumlin-to-USC rumblings, think again.

Citing unnamed sources, the Los Angeles Daily NewsScott Wolf reported overnight that the Texas A&M head coach “has emerged as the top target” for the same position with the Trojans.  Sumlin, Wolf writes, “is an attractive candidate not just because he is successful but is viewed as a charismatic coach.”

Wolf states that Sumlin, who is making just over $3 million annually at A&M, could double his salary at USC, which is a sure sign that the university will spare no expense in turning around the flagship football program.

Of course, emerging as a school’s top target in a report is quite different from actually landing said target in reality.  As Wolf correctly points out, Pete Carroll was USC’s fourth choice before the school “settled” on the man who would ultimately send the program roaring back to national prominence.

It seems highly unlikely that Sumlin, who will (again) be coveted and courted by NFL teams in the not-too-distant future, would leave an SEC job for one in an area of the country in which he has little or no experience.  While you never say never, we’re guessing USC, after what would be a justifiable and no-brainer pursuit of Sumlin, will be forced to move onto its second or third or whatever option

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32 Responses to “Report: Kevin Sumlin emerges as USC’s top target”
  1. nolliabed says: Nov 8, 2013 8:10 AM

    Lets not jump on the Sumlin band wagon just yet. A&M has no defense and he is still playing with the former coaches players. And I would like to see how his team does when Johnny football leaves. Just too many questions on how good he really is. I know he had success with his last job, but we all know that doesn’t always transition over to the next job in another conference. Just sayin.

  2. lenbias34pt says: Nov 8, 2013 8:13 AM

    Good points, but Nolliabed recruiting won’t be the issue at USC.
    I think Sumlin would be a great hire.

  3. whitdog23 says: Nov 8, 2013 8:24 AM

    ‘his’ players may be worse. he’ll take the money and run

  4. waynefontes says: Nov 8, 2013 8:37 AM

    We will see how the season turns out, but I think good ol’ crazy Orgeron would be a good hire as a head coach.

    I also thought that Ole Miss firing Cutcliffe was a horrible decision. I think he got the shaft, considering how he had a total of ONE losing season.

    Seeing what Cutcliffe has done at Duke has proven that he is a GREAT head coach, maybe not the most glamourous but he gets the job done.

    Like many coaches, I think Orgeron has learned from past mistakes.

    I can’t stand Southern Cal and I don’t think they will hire Orgeron, but he is making a case for being a good head coaching hire somewhere.

  5. sfsugator says: Nov 8, 2013 8:38 AM

    Considering the source I wouldn’t read much into it, Haden won’t leak any details until after the season is over. Fact.

  6. gborange says: Nov 8, 2013 8:53 AM

    Sumlin may be a great coach, but seriously………anybody could look great with Johnny Football doing his thing.

  7. pdcooper08 says: Nov 8, 2013 9:23 AM

    I do know, the more I watch Baylor play and reflect on the time A. Briles has been at the helm, the more I’m starting to believe he could be the guy.

    He is making a believer out of me. I hope Haden is paying attention.

  8. txedge says: Nov 8, 2013 9:43 AM

    Art Briles would be an incredible hire.

  9. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 8, 2013 9:46 AM

    If we lose Sumlin, the Aggies should send Briles a blank check and say “fill it out”

  10. sportsguy3434 says: Nov 8, 2013 9:52 AM

    Sumlin is winning with guys that got the last guy fired if you want to use that argument. He has had some great recruiting classes and identified the talent with Johnny Football that some others had missed. They should be good or great for some time and they had not been good for awhile at Texas A & M. Sumlin had won big at his last two stops (maybe more), so his biggest question might be if he wants to stay in college or go to the pros.

  11. soundsofsuccess7 says: Nov 8, 2013 10:10 AM

    Wolf is not a reliable source. Has been kicked out of SC practices and is known to make things up.

  12. addict2sport says: Nov 8, 2013 10:35 AM

    The story would be much more credible if it weren’t based on an unnamed source from Scott Wolf.

  13. tophawk38 says: Nov 8, 2013 11:42 AM

    Briles wouldn’t take the Aggies job. I have a feeling when it’s all said and done he is in Austin. Sumlin most likely goes to the NFL either this year or next but he isn’t going to be the Aggie coach long term in my opinion.

  14. tophawk38 says: Nov 8, 2013 11:42 AM

    Briles wouldn’t take the Aggies job. I have a feeling when it’s all said and done he is in Austin. Sumlin most likely goes to the NFL either this year or next but he isn’t going to be the Aggie coach long term in my opinion.

  15. realfootballfan says: Nov 8, 2013 11:45 AM

    I love the “Sumlin’s winning with Mike Sherman’s players” argument. Where’s Mike Sherman? Oh yeah, having his game plans questioned by NFL players while Sumlin has taken a Texas A&M program that’s blown since Slocum left 15 years ago in the recently pretty terrible Big 12 mind you to the top of the SEC in its first two years. Therefore, I think the guy’s pretty good at the coaching thing considering what he did at Houston as well. He oozes charisma and is obviously a bright offensive mind.

  16. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 8, 2013 2:13 PM

    Let’s put it this way… Sumlin is probably getting another raise either way

  17. halbert53 says: Nov 8, 2013 2:47 PM

    Briles would be great choice for UT. But, going from HC at one school to HC at conference opponent shows lack of loyalty that is hard to overcome. See: Houston Nutt from Ark to Ole Miss; Tommy Tuberville from Ole Miss to Auburn; Nick Saban from LSU to Bama (even with NFL in between). Spurrier from FL to SC with NFL stop wasn’t so bad. So while Briles probably merits an offer from UT and likely would do well there, taking the UT job would not only decimate what he has built at Baylor, it would burn lots of bridges.

  18. latrobe21 says: Nov 8, 2013 2:58 PM

    Take Shaw from Stanford.

  19. normtide says: Nov 8, 2013 4:13 PM

    I have said all along, any AD with an opening that doesn’t inquire about Sumlin and Briles should be fired. Sumlin had Johnny, yes, but he did identify his talent, and let him play his style. Most coaches would played simple with a Frosh qb.

    Not sure about Sumlin to NFL. Or him leaving A&M. I don’t see Briles at Baylor next year. As good as Baylor is, he won’t get the talent there that he can in Austin our USC.

  20. lowtalker says: Nov 8, 2013 4:23 PM

    What about the coaches at either Stanford or Boise State??

  21. normtide says: Nov 8, 2013 4:31 PM

    Shaw won’t leave Stanford, he went to school there. Could be wrong, but I think he is Stanford through and through. Peterson should leave Boise, he has maxed that job out. He doesn’t seem to want to though. Strong should receive a lot of interest. He could be waiting to see if UF will be looking for a coach after next season. Charlie Strong coaching Florida is a scary thought. That could be the perfect storm. On Nov 8, 2013 3:24 PM, “CollegeFootballTalk” wrote:

    > lowtalker commented: “What about the coaches at either Stanford or > Boise State??”

  22. htru02 says: Nov 8, 2013 4:43 PM

    It would be better served for this site if it distanced itself from anything Scott Wolf “reports” on his blog. He has a reputation for being a fountain of misinformation in addition to having an uncomfortable obsession with Lane Kiffin.

  23. bigtiddi says: Nov 8, 2013 9:37 PM

    I think Stoops thinks his time at Oklahoma has run dry. He will look to USC. Anyone agree?

  24. rlwptrsn says: Nov 8, 2013 9:57 PM

    Guys, Briles aint going nowhere. He is west Texas through and through.
    He had a his hand in building the new stadium, kids coming in droves, oh and there’s plenty of cash. I live in Austin and many Horns think he wont mix well with their high level donors.
    His son had a short stint at UT before transferring to UH with Dad. There is no warm and fuzzy between Art and UT. Y’all go ahead and laugh but Baylor and Waco is a good family place. I say that living in “everyones'” hip place, Austin.
    Also look up the team championships in the past decade and Baylor is at the top in many sports. Not bad for a small Baptist school.
    #SicEm Bears

  25. oldag says: Nov 9, 2013 2:13 AM

    I am always surprised when people assume that another college can lure an A&M coach away with money. If A&M wants to keep Sumlin, USC won’t have enough money to buy him. A&M has the 5th largest endowment among public universities and its endowment is 30% larger than USC. When you add California income tax (13% for wealthy) compared to 0% in TX, it seems highly unlikely that A&M would be outbid. Remember that A&M was one of the first schools to buy a coach (Jackie Sherrill became the highest paid coach in 1981 when A&M hired him away from Pitt) and they did it again when they hired an Alabama Coach that the tide seemed to want to keep.

    I do think Sumlin will get a nice raise, perhaps 100%.

  26. rockgate says: Nov 9, 2013 1:26 PM

    It’s hard to gauge these things but I agree with rlwptrsn, I don’t think Art Briles is going anywhere….this from a UT and a Baylor fan.

    He is building a legacy at Baylor, not inheriting a storied program, and there’s a lot to be said for that. As far as recruiting is concerned, good players like to play for winners…..and Art Briles and his staff have certainly accomplished that….on both sides of the ball (How about that DC Phil Bennett….good on you man!!)

    Still, I could be wrong….I guess time will tell.

  27. jdillydawg says: Nov 10, 2013 7:55 PM

    I don’t know who’s running USC right now, but given the fact that they’re actually playing pretty good, maybe they should take a harder look at the interim guy.

    As for Briles, I’m guessing he’ll stay at Baylor. I think Baylor can match what a lot of bigger colleges pay if money is the issue (they are small, but wealthy), they’ve got a new stadium on the river with state of the art facilities coming on board, and you can freakin’ “sail-gate” pre-game! What’s not to like?

  28. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 11, 2013 12:04 PM

    bigtiddi says: Nov 8, 2013 9:37 PM

    I think Stoops thinks his time at Oklahoma has run dry. He will look to USC. Anyone agree?
    ________________________

    If that were the case I think OU would have a better shot at snagging Sumlin than USC.

  29. greggatx says: Nov 11, 2013 11:58 PM

    It’s not always about the money. USC is way more prestigious than the aggies. And a lot more to do there than in college station.

  30. pushingiron says: Nov 14, 2013 9:53 AM

    More prestigious in football, yes. However, A&M is on the rise. It’s facilities, academics, and strength in alumni are impressive. With the new stadium being built, the move to the SEC, the recruiting and on the field success that Sumlin has had he is building a complete monster in College Station. The record $750,000,000 A&M brought in last year is a strong indication on where the school is headed. Money and recruitings opportunities I would argue are better in College Station right now then they are at USC.

  31. dismaker says: Nov 14, 2013 10:15 AM

    Hmmm LA or College Station. Excellence versus mediocrity. Class or crass. A man with a sword on a horse versus a stupid looking dog. Smoked salmon versus chicken fried chicken. A Napa wine versus ‘shine. Women in miniskirts with boots versus brown shirts with boots. The Pacific Ocean versus kyle stadium grass. The theater versus fish camp. USC cheerleaders versus silly boys. $6.5mm versus 5mm. National professional media versus some hysterical aggy rag. A heritage of National Championships (excellence) versus 3rd & 4th place divisional finishes (mediocrity). Fans who jeer second versus fans who cheer 3rd. Insanity by choice versus inbred hate. A First class college football program versus a First Class track university trying to get college football going. In state DOMINANCE versus main rival, 46-29-7 USC/UCLA) versus 76-37-5 (The University of Texas/aggy). And the simple pleasure of not dealing with the backstabbing aggy trustees and alums which comes down to a knife in the back versus a ball on the field.

  32. v2the4 says: Nov 14, 2013 11:06 AM

    Briles is out for anyone who thought UT would have a chance to get him…he signed a 10 year extension with a $10M dollar buyout….that decreases by the year.

    as far as I understand, Sumlin and his wife are building some colossal palace in College Station, around 15,000 sq ft. They had some of the grass from Kyle Field installed into their soon to be back yard……

    dont know where you can get an affordable 15sqft palace build from the ground up in LA or SoCal, not to mention the tax issue Oldag talked about, but Sumlin isnt leaving aTm unless its the NFL calling like the Houston Texans or Dallas cowboys,
    both who could have new head coaches next season.

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