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Sumlin accepts Texas A&M coaching job

Posted on: December 10, 2011 1:06 pm
Edited on: December 10, 2011 1:34 pm
 

Kevin Sumlin has accepted an offer to become the next head coach at Texas A&M, a source confirmed Saturday to CBS Sports. The 47-year-old Sumlin, a former Aggies offensive coordinator a decade ago, led Houston to a 12-1 record this season. He replaces Mike Sherman, who was fired after coaching the Aggies, ranked preseason No. 8 in the AP poll, to a 6-6 record this year. Sherman was 25-25 in four seasons at A&M and just 15-18 in Big 12 play.


Sumlin, 35-17 in his four seasons at Houston, takes over at A&M as the Aggies are making the jump into a much deeper conference in the SEC. It is a A&M proud program with top facilities and great resources, but has only finished ranked one time in the past dozen years.


Having worked under Bob Stoops, R.C. Slocum, Joe Tiller, among others, Sumlin has long been pegged as "a rising star" in the business. Staffers who have worked with him gush about what a great motivator he is, saying that he is "a player's coach" yet a real discipline guy at the same time. The Birmingham, Ala. native is also regarded as a great closer with recruits and their parents, according to colleagues.  


Sumlin's name had come up in connection to other vacancies at UCLA, ASU and Illinois this year, but from the moment Sherman was fired on December 1, it appeared likely College Station would be the place he ended up. Sumlin did wonders there in his first time on staff. He took over the Aggies offensive coordinator role three games into the 2002 season and the team went from averaging 16 points per game to 33 points per game. They even upset No. 1 Oklahoma, 30-26 using a back-up freshman quarterback (Reggie McNeal). After two seasons at A&M, Sumlin moved on to OU before eventually getting hired to take over at Houston in December of 2007.


At UH, Sumlin built on what Art Briles had done. He gave an unheralded Texas Tech assistant Dana Holgorsen the chance to call plays. That proved to be a shrewd move. The Cougars turned into one of the country's most prolific offenses. After Holgorsen moved on, the UH attack continued to pile up points as Sumlin picked Kliff Kingsbury to run the offense. This year, the Cougars averaged 51 points per game and 599 yards of total offense, both are No. 1 in the nation. Houston made it up to No. 6 in the BCS rankings before being upset by Southern Miss last Saturday in the Conference USA title game. They will face Penn State in the TicketCity Bowl in Dallas on Jan. 2. Sumlin will not coach UH in the bowl game.
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Since: Sep 29, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 1:13 pm
 

Sumlin accepts Texas A&M coaching job

Are you kidding me?  I'm sorry but the greed of Texas thinking they are above the NCAA rules by creating their own network and a spineless commishiner in Beebe is the reason for the downfall of the Big XII
Say what you will as if no other college in the nation has done similiar things.  It's all good though, the Big12 will survive and bring in schools from other sinking ships.

Oh yeah...good luck A&M...you were mediocre in the Big12, I'm sure you will do just fine in the SEC.  In other news, teams like Bama and LSU can now drop playing FCS schools for tune ups....they'll have A&M and Missouri for that now.


And as for Sumlin...LOL!  He ruled CUSA with Case Keenum in his 6 years, can anyone say "VanWilder"? 



Since: Dec 16, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 6:35 pm
 

Sumlin accepts Texas A&M coaching job

 Turning their back on all their tradtional rivals? 

Are you kidding me?  I'm sorry but the greed of Texas thinking they are above the NCAA rules by creating their own network and a spineless commishiner in Beebe is the reason for the downfall of the Big XII.  Nebraska and Colorado saw it coming first and left before they could get wrapped up in it. Missouri and A&M just got wise and figured it out. Will Missouri and A&M take the SEC by storm?  No! They will have some rough years. Is Sumlin the answer? We will see. As an A&M alum I had to shake my head a little at the move but in hindsight I guess they could have hired Weis and it cant be worse then Sherman.  Mizzo and A&M moving to the SEC will definatly be better for the programs and will get them away from the corporate greed of other schools in the conference.



Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 6:33 pm
 

Sumlin accepts Texas A&M coaching job

He has NO IDEA what he's getting into in the SEC West. A .500 record in the division will mean he's a great coach.



Since: Dec 10, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 6:15 pm
 

Sumlin accepts Texas A&M coaching job

If a wide-open offense won't work, how did Mr Meyer do during his tenure at Florida? How did Sumlin's offense work during his tenure at Oklahoma?




Since: Sep 20, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2011 5:23 pm
 

Sumlin accepts Texas A&M coaching job

He has the football mind  the question will be can he bring in the recruits? I see him doing well like Chick fila bowl/ Cotton Bowl  but not BCS l



Since: Oct 21, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 4:58 pm
 

Sumlin accepts Texas A&M coaching job

Welcome to the SEC West . Hope you enjoy your time there . You might have to play a tad more defense in the SEC . You should coach Houston in the bowl game , mabye not your call .



Since: Nov 2, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 4:54 pm
 

Sumlin accepts Texas A&M coaching job

The SEC West is just a little different than Conf USA West. He had his choice of many other programs and chose this one; good luck. His wide-open offense and no-defense doesn't seem like a good fit to me.



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 4:33 pm
 

Sumlin accepts Texas A&M coaching job

Clearly Sumlin was thinking about his new post before he finshed up business at UH.  "Jovial" practices with lots of goofing off (as reported during the CUSA Championship Game), cost UH not only 11 million bucks, but the respect they had just begun to earn. 

As for the Aggies, Kevin fits right in. Overrated and can't get the job done when it counts.  Sumlin will be the punchline of an Aggie joke in the near furture. 



Since: Aug 24, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 3:42 pm
 

Sumlin accepts Texas A&M coaching job

To be sure A&M won't be winning much of anything for a long time to come. SEC west has 4 top 12 programs and another top 15 in Miss. State. Someone has to lose some games when your division in the top in the nation. A&M can maybe beat Ol Miss....Maybe  



Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 2:55 pm
 

Sumlin accepts Texas A&M coaching job

Yeah, finish the game like they did in the CUSA Championship game.


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