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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: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 2:41 pm

Sumlin accepts Texas A&M coaching job

This was a bad hire by A&M. The only reason Sumlin won at Houston is Case Keenum. Note that Houston went 3-7 after Case got injured last season. Now that Keenum has FINALLY exhausted his eligibility, I don't blame Sumlin for jumping ship. I just hope he invests his paycheck wisely because he will be out of a job in three years.

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 2:38 pm

Sumlin accepts Texas A&M coaching job

This is a great hire for A&M.  Maybe Sumlin can teach this team how to finish a game.  As far as the SEC West goes, this is no big deal.  A&M would have about as much of a chance in the Pac 12 against USC and Oregon, or the Big 12, against OU and Oklahoma State (as they proved this season) as they do in the SEC West.  Translation for all of you "Good Ol' Boys" who have an I.Q. of 3.  It doesn't matter because A&M is not going to be winning any Division or Conference Championships for the next two years or so anyways.  What they will do is make a lot more money and probably help their recruiting.

Since: Aug 11, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 2:29 pm

Sumlin accepts Texas A&M coaching job


Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 2:04 pm

Sumlin accepts Texas A&M coaching job

Great hire, but y'all are coming into our SEC West. Sumlin might have been better off in the Big 12 or Pac 10, you know, where you dont have to play defense to win the conference.

Since: Oct 29, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2011 1:54 pm

Sumlin accepts Texas A&M coaching job

Auburn fans were ticked off when their school hired Gene Chizik because he had a losing record at Iowa State. Two years later Auburn won the National Championship and Chizik is loved by the fans. You just never know how things might work out.

Since: Feb 6, 2010
Posted on: December 10, 2011 1:49 pm

Sumlin accepts Texas A&M coaching job

Dickish cadets?  Is that really what you said?  Before you start making outlandish comments about the corp, learn that the corp only represents about 4-5% of the overall student body at Texas A&M University.  By the way, what brilliant school did you attend? 

Since: Nov 20, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 1:48 pm

Sumlin accepts Texas A&M coaching job

I agree, I wouln't want to be an "Aggie" but Sumlin does a great job of hiring good coaches and motivating players, he should do well in that enviornment. The move to the SEC is actually a good thing for A&M because if they can put together a good program, you know it will get recognized a lot quicker with the spotlight that shines on that conference every year. As a UH grad I am sorry to see him leave but it's typical in CFB these days. UH just isn't in a position at this point to keep talented Coaches when other schools come knocking.

Since: Oct 17, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 1:34 pm

Sumlin accepts Texas A&M coaching job

I just keep shaking my head every time A & M decides to do something. Move to the SEC? dumb. Turning their back on all their tradtional rivals? dumb. Hiring a 2nd tier C-USA coach who rode the coattails of a great system QB as your new HC? dumb. But I guess that's par for the course at that school. Why anyone would want to spend 4 years surrounded by a bunch of dickish cadets is beyond me.

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