Report: Kevin Sumlin emerges as USC’s top target


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

Badgers losing top TE for 4-8 weeks

MADISON, WI - SEPTEMBER 19:  Tight end Austin Traylor #46 of the Wisconsin Badgers makes a 38 yard reception during the fourth quarter of the college football game against the Troy Trojans at Camp Randall Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin.  The Badgers defeated the Trojans 28-3.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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One of the most consistent pieces of Wisconsin’s passing attack, such as it is, will be on the shelf for the foreseeable future.

A UW official confirmed to madison.com that Austin Traylor sustained a right-arm injury in Saturday’s loss to Iowa.  As a result, the tight end will be sidelined for the rather broad period of 4-8 weeks.

At best, Traylor could return for the Nov. 7 game against Maryland after missing contests with Nebraska, Purdue, Illinois and Rutgers.  At worst, he’d miss the remainder of the regular season, but could return for a bowl game, and perhaps the Big Ten championship game if the Badgers were to earn another berth.

Because he’s already played in five games this season, Traylor would not be eligible for a medical hardship waiver if he were to miss the remainder of the year.

Traylor is tied for the team lead in receiving touchdowns with three while his 15.6 yards per reception is tops on the team.  He’s third in receiving yards with 156 and tied for fourth with 10 receptions.

Dalvin Cook returns to practice for FSU

TALLAHASSEE, FL - SEPTEMBER 12: Dalvin Cook #4 of the Florida State Seminoles runs the ball against the South Florida Bulls in the second half at Doak Campbell Stadium on September 12, 2015 in Tallahassee, Florida. Florida State defeated South Florida 34-14 as Cook rushed for 266 yards and three touchdowns. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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With each passing day, it appears Miami won’t be able to avoid one of the most talented and productive running backs in the country.

Thursday, Dalvin Cook returned to practice for the first time this week.  Cook suffered a hamstring injury in the first quarter of Florida State’s win over Wake Forest this past Saturday, and had spent the previous two days of practice riding a bicycle while the rest of his teammates prepped for the in-state and conference rivalry game against The U this Saturday.

The Palm Beach Post wrote that Cook showed “no signs” of the hamstring injury that had some worried about his availability in Week 6.

Head coach Jimbo Fisher, who said Wednesday he doesn’t “ever count Dalvin out” because of his healing ability, will meet with reporters later this evening and could address Cook’s status for the weekend then.  Or, he could play to keep the Hurricanes guessing, even as most assume the All-ACC back will be on the field.

Cook is far and away FSU’s leading rusher, with his 142.5 yards per game good for eight in the country and his six rushing touchdowns tied for 20th.