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Report: Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin emerges as USC's top choice for football coaching job

Kevin Sumlin has a 53-21 record in six seasons as a collegiate head coach. (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images Kevin Sumlin has a 53-21 record in six seasons as a collegiate head coach. (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin has emerged as the top target for USC to fill its vacant head coaching job, according to Scott Wolf of the Los Angeles Daily News.

The school is looking to replace Lane Kiffin, who was fired in September after a 62-41 road loss to Arizona State.

The school named defensive coach Ed Orgeron as the interim coach. According to the report, the school hopes to hire its next coach sometime next month.

Sumlin has been at A&M for the past two seasons and makes $3.1 million a season.

TV analyst Jon Gruden, Boise State coach Chris Petersen, Vanderbilt coach James Franklin and Denver Broncos interim coach Jack Del Rio have been mentioned as possible successors to Kiffin.

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Sumlin, who has won 30 games the past 2 1/2 seasons at Houston and Texas A&M, is also mentioned as a possible candidate at Texas and is one of the hottest names in coaching. There could be a bidding war after the season and he might even draw interest from NFL teams.

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