Kevin Sumlin hasn't been the head coach at Texas A&M for very long. But he's no doubt learned enough to know that when his new home is the subject of a jab from another SEC coach, it's in his best interests to offer some kind of counterpunch.
Which is why Sumlin wasn't willing to keep silent when asked Wednesday about Will Muschamp's recent assertion that one's first visit to College Station would be "the only time you go."
"He needs to worry about his own team,” Sumlin told the San Antonio Express-News, apparently declining to comment further.
Sumlin's willingness to neither stay quiet nor casually brush aside Muschamp's comment -- one he surely didn't intend to be taken completely seriously -- will no doubt play well with the College Station faithful he's attempting to win over in his first year at the Texas A&M helm. It'll only help, too, that the man he's trading barbs with is a former Texas assistant.
And of course, as the backdrop to this little exchange of words, there's the fact that Muschamp only breached the topic of visits to College Station in the first place because his team is making just such a visit this season. The Aggies will host Muschamp's Gators at Kyle Field Sept. 8, Week 2, in A&M's SEC debut.
It's already a huge game for both teams, and by poking each program's respective hornet's nests, Muschamp and now Sumlin are making it even bigger, which is why we wholeheratedly approve of both coach's decisions.Keep up with the latest college football news from around the country. From the opening kick of the year all the way through the offseason, CBSSports.com has you covered with this daily newsletter. View a preview.
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