The rumors and speculation began softly enough, but following this CBS report, the cigar smoke-filled backroom discussions behind USC's top coaching target suddenly came to light: Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin.
In less than a season, the second-year head coach has jump-started an old-fashioned A&M program, modernizing and developing his system in quantifiable results—wins—quickly and, seemingly, without much relapse or backlash. Not only this, but all in A&M's first two seasons in the Southeastern Conference, the nation's toughest athletic league bar none.
Following USC's unceremonious firing of former head coach Lane Kiffin mid-season, the rumor mill began to turn, and it came as no surprise Sumlin's name rose to the top. On top of the results he was producing on the field, Sumlin was relatively young, energetic and connected with both recruits and major boosters—a deadly combination in the cutthroat college football landscape.
As the Trojans' coaching search continues to heat up, Bleacher Report breaks down Sumlin's top-five reasons to settle in to College Station.