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Paul Finebaum Thinks Chip Kelly, Kevin Sumlin Will Be USC's 2 Leading Candidates

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ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum usually sticks to covering the SEC, but given the turmoil out in Los Angeles this week, he's broadening his horizons. Tuesday, he commented on USC's heading coaching situation. He thinks there are two "leading candidates" for the job.

Finebaum said that former Oregon coach Chip Kelly, who is now with the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL, is one. The other is current Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin. He joined ESPN's Mike & Mike this morning:

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On @MikeAndMike, @finebaum just said he believes the two leading candidates for the USC HC job will be Chip Kelly and Kevin Sumlin.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 13, 2015

">@finebaum just said he believes the two leading candidates for the USC HC job will be Chip Kelly and Kevin Sumlin.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter)

On @MikeAndMike, @finebaum just said he believes the two leading candidates for the USC HC job will be Chip Kelly and Kevin Sumlin.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 13, 2015

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Finebaum expanded on Philadelphia radio station 97.5 Middays later on:

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On NOW: @finebaum with @975Middays to discuss his claim that Chip is a leading candidate for the USC head coach job.

— 975TheFanatic (@975TheFanatic) October 13, 2015

">@975Middays to discuss his claim that Chip is a leading candidate for the USC head coach job.

— 975TheFanatic (@975TheFanatic)

On NOW: @finebaum with @975Middays to discuss his claim that Chip is a leading candidate for the USC head coach job.

— 975TheFanatic (@975TheFanatic) October 13, 2015

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Regarding Kelly, we're obviously a few steps from it even being a possibility. Kelly would have to either coach his way out of his job with the Eagles or make the decision that he wants to return to the college ranks. As for Sumlin, given the momentum the Aggies have right now, it's hard to see him jumping ship for a job that's been very unstable recently.

That being said, USC is still one of the most desirable jobs in college football. It'll be interesting to see if Finebaum winds up being right.