SAN DIEGO, California - Now that USC athletic director Pat Haden woke up from his Stupid Sleep and fired football head coach Lane Kiffin late Saturday night in Los Angeles, he will be soon looking for a replacement. This is a major story out here in SoCal as Kiffin had become to 'SC what Mack Brown is to Texas, except far more toxic without the skins.
Unlike Mack, whom people like, it didn't help that Lane behaved like a spoiled ass.
If the call comes, Sumlin would be an idiot not to take the interview. 'SC is SoCal's pro team, and the much better job than rival UCLA, which Jim Mora Jr. has done a nice job turning into a good program.
'SC is the Hollywood job. Players want to go to the University of Spoiled Children, for so many obvious reasons from the program's tradition to its load of attractive coeds.
Sumlin needs to take this call if for no other reason than to scare the hell out of every single Aggie booster, as well as Texas A&M athletic director Eric Hyman. You don't pass on leverage like this. These are the interviews where your salary goes up as well as your assistants, and you secure in writing every single facility toy you want.
Sumlin would be foolish to take the 'SC job right now. The NCAA's scholarship reductions that it levied for violations committed in the Pete Carroll era have a lasting effect.
College football has become all about windows, and none of them are large. Right now A&M is in the good window while rival Texas' window is broken. It is Sumlin and A&M that are landing the hot recruits, and quarterbacks, while Texas is waist-deep in infighting over the status of head coach Mack Brown.
Campbell told Mark Berman of Houston's Fox affiliate: "Nobody likes to get fired or leave a job, but things happen. I'd go on record and say 'yes I think it's time.'
"I'd just say this, I take my hat off for USC for what they've done. They didn't mess around with it. They just said 'let's do it now.' I think at some point our university's people are going to have make a decision."
This is not good for UT, but genius for all things Maroon and White. UT is a mess of Bevo flop.
Sumlin should squeeze this for as long as he can, and then leave when his window begins to close. Which it will.
An interview with 'SC will result in the raise he wants, and in theory guarantee the Aggies will keep their hot coach a little longer.
Once the window begins to close, that's when Sumlin should go to the NFL and give that a try. That's what Chip Kelly did.
If it doesn't work out for Sumlin in the NFL, he can always return to college. Maybe the 'SC job will be open.
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