How long until Sumlin leaves Texas A&M?

Kevin Sumlin could be tempted in the coming years by open NFL coaching positions. AP Photo/David J. Phillip

As we count down 50 days until the start of the 2014 college football season, ESPN Insider Travis Haney is answering at least one big question a day until South Carolina and Texas A&M’s kickoff on Aug. 28.

Heisman contenders, breakout freshmen, conference winners – it will all be covered as part of Insider’s Ultimate Season Preview.

Wednesday’s first question: How long until Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin goes to the NFL, and who will replace him?

As long as Sumlin is at Texas A&M, or any college, the NFL is always going to be an offseason topic. Even those closest to him believe that Sumlin one day wants to test himself -- and his offensive philosophies -- at the professional level, just as Chip Kelly is doing with the Philadelphia Eagles.

So when is he going? Not anytime soon, is my (informed) opinion.

If he didn’t just leave, for USC or one of the open pro jobs -- particularly the Texans and Vikings -- Sumlin is likely to see through A&M’s $450 million stadium overhaul, as well as the strong recruiting classes the Aggies are signing.

But if he hasn’t made the leap in the next three to five years, I’d be really surprised.

Here are some of the variables to monitor: