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Hot seat spotlight: Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin

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Sumlin focusing on team, not job security (0:39)

Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin expresses that his focus is on improving the team and not outside comments made about his job status. (0:39)

Kevin Sumlin entered the season atop the coaching hot seat list because of Texas A&M's recent feeble finishes. In the past four Novembers, the Aggies went 7-9 and 2-7 against the SEC West.

But it's the way Texas A&M started the 2017 season that has Sumlin feeling more pressure than ever. The Aggies blew a 34-point, third-quarter lead Sunday against UCLA, eventually falling 45-44 in a game that, to many, mirrored the last few seasons under Sumlin, who is 44-22 at the school.

A year after another SEC West coach -- LSU's Les Miles -- didn't make it out of September, Sumlin has calls for his ouster after only one game, including a Facebook rant from Texas A&M regent Tony Buzbee hours after the UCLA loss. Sumlin on Tuesday said he is tuning out the noise and trying to steer his team forward. But how much longer will he be at the wheel?

ESPN reporters Chris Low and Sam Khan Jr., who has covered Texas A&M for many years, join me to break down Sumlin's situation, how the school will proceed and who might be on the radar as a possible replacement.