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The 7 Candidates Who Could Replace Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin

Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin is on the hottest of seats.

Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin was on the hot seat before the season began, and now that seat is probably on fire.

After the Aggies blew a 34-point (!!!) lead to UCLA on Saturday night, things came to a head when Texas A&M regent Tony Buzbee publicly called for Sumlin's job in a Facebook post.

It's hard to say if Sumlin will retain his job until the end of the season—or even until Saturday's game against Nicholls—but in any case, here are the guys that could replace him, in alphabetical order:

Brent Venables

Current: Clemson, defensive coordinator

The architect of the Tigers' stifling championship defense, it's only a matter of time until Venables finds himself a head coaching job somewhere. What better place for him than on a team that just gave up 34 unanswered points in a humiliating defeat? The Aggies could sure use him.

Chad Morris

Current: SMU, head coach

Since Morris' arrival 2014, the Mustangs have slowly gotten better each year. He has strong Texas ties as an A&M alum, and as a former offensive coordinator for Clemson, Morris has the proper acumen to get the Aggies back on track.

Chip Kelly

Current: ESPN analyst

Kelly hasn't been a part of college football since 2012, but when he was, he was a sensational coach. Four seasons at Oregon and a 46-7 record speaks for itself, and while his coaching stock may have dropped some after his stint in the NFL, he's still one of the best in the business—if that business is college ball.

Chris Petersen

Current: Washington, head coach

Petersen just wins wherever he goes. At Boise State he lead the Broncos to five conference titles in eight seasons, and at Washington he took the Huskies to the college football playoff in his third season as head coach. He's got a great thing going, but the allure of Texas A&M might be enough to get him to leave at the end of this season. This is probably the No. 1 choice among Aggie fans.

D.J. Durkin

Current: Maryland, head coach

This is only Durkin's second year as head coach, but he's already impressed. The Terrapins have typically been bottom feeders in the Big Ten, but last week they took down No. 23 ranked Texas—something that never would've happened three years ago. Durkin's a defensive-minded coach, and again, the Aggies could certainly use some defense.

Justin Fuente

Current: Virginia Tech, head coach

In his first season as VT's head coach, he led the Hokies to a divisional title and a 10-4 record, earning ACC Coach of the Year honors in the process. At 41, Fuente is young as far as head coaches go, but he's shown so far that he has the knowledge to win football games and turn programs around on a dime.

Mike Gundy

Current: Oklahoma State, head coach

Gundy, an Oklahoma native and an Oklahoma State alum, has been the Cowboy's head coach since 2005 and has enjoyed a fair amount of success, but would he ever leave OSU? It's hard to say, but Texas A&M certainly has the bankroll to field a high-profile coach, and the money might be enough to sway him.