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07:31 AM ET 10.02 | The Aggies have an open weekend upcoming, but Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin managed to land in the news. [Sumlin addressed on Tuesday] his name surfacing as a potential candidate for the USC gig that came open this week with the firing of Lane Kiffin. "It means you're winning and doing things the right way," Sumlin said during his weekly press conference of his name being thrown (high) in the mix by the likes of CBSSports.com and USA Today, among others. Sumlin, 49, said it comes down to being one of two types of coaches: When rumors abound you're going be fired, or hired by someone else. ... Sumlin added that he doesn't address the rumors with his players, but such speculation is just part of the gig, and means him and his staff are doing things right.

San Antonio Express-News

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October 2, 2013  08:00 AM ET

.....sumlin is a texas guy....and is already set to become the next coach of the dallas cowboys....tamu is safe until end of season...

October 2, 2013  08:16 AM ET

Like he said - you're either being shoved out the door or being lured in.

Better to be in the latter category.

October 2, 2013  08:26 AM ET

He might as well jump now. JFF will go for the NFL draft after this year, and that's his hot ticket. After he's gone, he might not be the "hot coach" anymore.

October 2, 2013  08:40 AM ET

A&M booster mafia located in San Antonio.
Rex McCombs (UTx booster) is there too.

I wonder who put the San Antonio Express up to running this "story"?

October 2, 2013  09:27 AM ET
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He might as well jump now. JFF will go for the NFL draft after this year, and that's his hot ticket. After he's gone, he might not be the "hot coach" anymore.

My thoughts also. JFF is gone after this season, may as well take the $$$ when offered.

October 2, 2013  09:28 AM ET
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A&M booster mafia located in San Antonio.Rex McCombs (UTx booster) is there too.I wonder who put the San Antonio Express up to running this "story"?

It's Texas' fault

October 2, 2013  09:34 AM ET

very intelligent way to deflect the rumors...

October 2, 2013  09:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

He might as well jump now. JFF will go for the NFL draft after this year, and that's his hot ticket. After he's gone, he might not be the "hot coach" anymore.

In all of the hype about JFF and Sumlin's success, they're 2-3 against ranked teams

October 2, 2013  09:57 AM ET
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In all of the hype about JFF and Sumlin's success, they're 2-3 against ranked teams

Defense wins champinships. Ask Alabama or the Baltimore (2012) Ravens.

October 2, 2013  09:57 AM ET
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Defense wins champinships. Ask Alabama or the Baltimore (2012) Ravens.

*championships

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October 2, 2013  10:54 AM ET
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Sumlin deserves the USC job but is it worth it? Sumlin should take the Texas job which is far better than the USC gig. Texas is the number one football job in the USA. USC maybe top 10 but living in LA is the pits.

A matter of personal opinion, both as to the desirability of the UT coaching job, and the desirability of living in LA.
Having spent time in both locations, LA is a lot nicer place to live than any place in Texas.
The trouble with the UT HC job is that you are owned by a small group of wealthy boosters who run your life.

October 2, 2013  10:56 AM ET
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He might as well jump now. JFF will go for the NFL draft after this year, and that's his hot ticket. After he's gone, he might not be the "hot coach" anymore.

Damn good point!!!

October 2, 2013  11:03 AM ET
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A matter of personal opinion, both as to the desirability of the UT coaching job, and the desirability of living in LA.Having spent time in both locations, LA is a lot nicer place to live than any place in Texas. The trouble with the UT HC job is that you are owned by a small group of wealthy boosters who run your life.

SF, good point. I lived in LA when I was younger and have spent some time in Texas. It's a matter of preference. IMO, Sumlin would be a good fit at USC, especially if he can recruit!!!

October 2, 2013  11:09 AM ET

Sumlin's response is an invitation to make him an offer; he made no effort to pretend he's committed to tamu.
Anyone who's recruited executive talent reads this response intuitively.

October 2, 2013  11:19 AM ET
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A matter of personal opinion, both as to the desirability of the UT coaching job, and the desirability of living in LA.Having spent time in both locations, LA is a lot nicer place to live than any place in Texas. The trouble with the UT HC job is that you are owned by a small group of wealthy boosters who run your life.

I currently spend 2-3 months each year in both ATX and SoCal
I love my time in Laguna, but I live in Texas.

LA is the best place to spend time. Awesome weather, great geography, etc. But there is a reason that there are 10,000's southern Californians invading and moving to Austin every year. Taxes, business development and quality of life.

I'm not involved with the USC booster climate, but I would expect the same small group of booster involvement. Remember all the hangers on at USc practices during Carroll's years?

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October 2, 2013  11:31 AM ET
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I currently spend 2-3 months each year in both ATX and SoCalI love my time in Laguna, but I live in Texas.LA is the best place to spend time. Awesome weather, great geography, etc. But there is a reason that there are 10,000's southern Californians invading and moving to Austin every year. Taxes, business development and quality of life. I'm not involved with the USC booster climate, but I would expect the same small group of booster involvement. Remember all the hangers on at USc practices during Carroll's years?

Good points; however, I doubt Sumlin will be worrying about taxes, and his quality of life in SC will be very good.
All boosters are a pain in the butt, but UT's are on a planet of their own.

 
October 2, 2013  11:33 AM ET
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I currently spend 2-3 months each year in both ATX and SoCalI love my time in Laguna, but I live in Texas.LA is the best place to spend time. Awesome weather, great geography, etc. But there is a reason that there are 10,000's southern Californians invading and moving to Austin every year. Taxes, business development and quality of life. I'm not involved with the USC booster climate, but I would expect the same small group of booster involvement. Remember all the hangers on at USc practices during Carroll's years?

SL, good comment, but Sumlin doesn't have to call Los Angeles his home. He can still live in Texas or wherever he desires.

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