After he compiled a first-year record of 11-2 while being paid a salary of $2 million, it's safe to say no coach in the SEC provided more bang for the buck than Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin. Add in the grooming of the first-ever freshman Heisman Trophy winner (Johnny Manziel), a victory over the eventual national champions and a Cotton Bowl blowout over Oklahoma -- not to mention that the 11-2 mark came against one of the toughest schedules in the country -- and there's an argument to be made that Sumlin was the most underpaid head coach in the entire FBS.
So a raise was inevitable, and it's no surprise that, according to details of his new contract reported by the Dallas Morning News, his raise has arrived to the tune of a 50 percent increase over 2012. Sumlin will now be paid $3.1 million per season, having signed his new contract Monday with A&M president R. Bowen Loftin finalizing it with his signature Tuesday.
Sumlin's new deal runs through the 2017 season and comes with several bonuses, including $400,000 for a national championship, $150,000 for an SEC championship and $100,000 for meeting specific team academic standards.
Sumlin's assistants also received a residual bump in pay, as the pool from which the Aggie head coach can fund his staff increased from $2.7 million to $3.4 million.
Loftin and the A&M administration had already announced in early February that Sumlin would be receiving a hefty raise as a reward for his smashing debut season, but the details were not available until now. CBSSports.com's Bruce Feldman reported in January that three NFL teams and at least one other major university had inquired about Sumlin's availability before he agreed to his new contract.
"I think all of us believe a lot of things came together to make this season what it was," Loftin said at the time. "We don't want to do anything that would change the trajectory of the program. We hope this will be the beginning of a very successful, sustained football program here at A&M."
Despite the raise, Sumlin still stands roughly in the middle-of-the-pack when it comes to his SEC brethren, ahead of the likes of Dan Mullen and Will Muschamp, on approximately equal footing with Mark Richt, Butch Jones and Bret Bielema, and a notch behind Steve Spurrier, Les Miles and Nick Saban. Another year like 2012, however, and Sumlin will likely join his SEC West rivals among the best-paid coaches in the game.