USC is still on probation and will have 55 scholarships next season.
Sumlin has built A&M into a winner overnight, they have tons of money (more than USC) and they are building a half a billion dollar stadium.
Here are the records for the coaches at USC in the last 30 years:
Ted Tollner (1983-1986) 26-20-1
Larry Smith (1987-1992) 44-25-3
John Robinson (1993-1997) 37-21-2
Paul Hackett (1998-2000) 20-17
Pete Carroll (2001-2009) 83-19
Lane Kiffin (2010-2012) 25-13
Pete Carroll's time there was the exception, not the rule over the past 30 years.
Cost of living in LA is much higher than College Station, TX. Texas has no state income tax, while California has the 2nd highest. Property values in California are significantly higher. Sumlin would probably have to get paid an extra 30+% on top of his salary just to sustain his standard of living in LA.
As much as it would be good for our recruiting for Sumlin to leave, I think he will only do so for the NFL.. and even that is a question mark to me.
He may want to strike while the iron is hot.
As much as aTm hates to admit it, they will be the second school in the state behind Texas. Always! They lucked up with Manzel, but I'm not sure they can sustain that type of recruiting and winning. Then where is he left? He's basically in the South Carolina of the SEC West.
In USC he is at the top dog school of California at a program that can truly recruit nationally. And Hayden will stick with him because he will be his guy. Kiffin was hired before he got there.