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USC loses a (possible) football coach—Kevin Sumlin

Texas A&M Coach Kevin Sumlin, rumored to be a person of interest for USC, agrees to six-year contract to stay with the Aggies.

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Those who suggested Texas A&M Coach Kevin Sumlin was USC's top coaching choice may have been right — but Sumlin is not coming to USC.

A telling sign someone is making a run at a coach is if the targeted coach suddenly signs a multiyear contract before kickoff against, say, Missouri.

It happened Saturday when Sumlin reportedly agreed on a six-year deal to stay at Texas A&M.

"I am humbled and very appreciative of the commitment that Texas A&M has extended not only to me and my family, but to our football program overall," Sumlin said in a statement. "We have only just begun to lay the foundation for sustained, long-term success here at Texas A&M, and we will work hard every day to make this great institution and the 12th Man proud."

Sumlin was considered a possible candidate for USC, which fired Lane Kiffin earlier this season.

Sumlin entered the weekend with a 19-5 record in two seasons at Texas A&M.

Ohio State holds on for 'W'

Ohio Governor John Kasich encouraged Ohio State fans to boycott the letter M as a way of showing support for Saturday's game against archrival Michigan.

"We do hereby recognize Saturday, November 30, as 'Scarlet Letter Saturday' throughout Ohio," Kasich's resolution said. "We encourage all Ohioans to avoid using the letter M when possible."

Ohio State narrowly escaped with a 42-41 win when Michigan failed on a two-point try in the final minute.

Ohio State also boycotted the letter D (for defense) as the Buckeyes allowed 603 yards to the Wolverines.

The game was marred by a first-half brawl that led to the ejection of three players, two from Ohio State's side.

As Buckeyes lineman Marcus Hall left the field, he raised his hands and made two obscene gestures on his way out of Michigan Stadium.

Hall was not forming the letter M with his fingers.

Under fire

Two hot-headed college coaches got reprieves from their athletic directors Saturday.

"If they want to fire me, go ahead," embattled Nebraska Coach Bo Pelini said after his tirade-laced loss to Iowa on Friday.

That's not going to happen, at least for now.

Nebraska Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst released a statement saying Pelini's job is safe for the immediate future.

"We very much look forward to our upcoming bowl game and Coach Pelini continuing to lead our program in the future," Eichorst said.

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