Texas A&M's AD just put coach Kevin Sumlin square on the hot seat
The Aggies' athletic director did not mince words on a recent television appearance
DESTIN, Fla. -- We have our first official hot seat coach in the SEC for 2017.
That would be Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin. Don't ask me, ask Aggies athletic director Scott Woodward.
The second-year AD said as much Tuesday on "The Paul Finebaum Show."
"Coach Sumlin knows he has to win. He has to win this year. He has to do better than he has done in the past."
That might be obvious to some Texas A&M supporters. Sumlin has posted three consecutive 8-5 seasons.
While a .675 career winning percentage -- .693 at TAMU -- might be good enough for some, in the hyper-competitive SEC it can be dicey. The Aggies have receded since Johnny Manziel's Heisman Trophy-winning season in 2012.
A 9-4 season in 2013 was followed by those consecutive 8-5 finishes. Since coming in second in the SEC West in 2012, the Aggies haven't finished above fourth.
Texas A&M hasn't finished ranked since 2013 and has lost two consecutive bowl games.
Woodward referenced the Aggies reaching as high as No. 4 last season and then noted they "fell off like we've been doing." He termed the 1-4 finish in 2016 "extremely disappointing."
"It doesn't come up to an objective data reading of wins and losses," Woodward told Finebaum. "I have all the confidence in the world coach is going to get it done and get it done in a big way."
After being questioned further for Finebaum, Woodward said, "You'll never pin me on [wins and losses]."
Sumlin has a $10 million buyout on his contract following this season. Woodward was named AD in January 2016.
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