Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin is Southern Cal's top choice for its next head coach, according to dailynews.com. Citing unnamed sources, the Los Angeles Daily News is also reporting that the school would like to have its new coach in place next month.
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Sumlin denied interest in the job earlier this season, after former coach Lane Kiffin was fired. The report also indicates former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden, now a television analyst, has been contacted about the position as well. The report also quoted a radio intervew from the Dan Patrick Show with Pac-12 Network analyst Rick Neuheisel, who supported Sumlin for the job.
"I'm hearing lot of names around the NFL, but I would say a guy like Kevin Sumlin might be the perfect choice," Neuheisel said.
Interim coach Ed Orgeron has turned the Trojans' season around, seeking his fourth win in five games against Cal Saturday since Kiffin was removed.
Sumlin's fast-paced, exciting offensive system would seemingly be a popular fit for both Southern Cal and the Pac-12. In just his second year at Texas A&M, Sumlin has lost just four games in nearly two full seasons in the SEC.