Report: Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin was offered Eagles job
Before eventually landing Chip Kelly as their head coach, the Eagles reportedly tried to convince Kevin Sumlin to take the NFL job.
In his last two seasons, one in Houston and one with Texas A&M, coach Kevin Sumlin has put together a 23-3 record. Not surprisingly, that has made him an interesting prospect to NFL owners.
One team in particular was really interested last offseason, according to the San Antonio Express-News. That would be the Eagles, who reportedly offered the head coaching job to Sumlin before landing what seemingly was their first choice, former Oregon coach Chip Kelly.
"Everybody knows what I do,” Sumlin told the newspaper. “I've never coached in the NFL. I've had plenty of opportunities to do that, both as an assistant coach and even as a head coach. But there's a reason I coach college football, and we've got a lot of work to do here.”
Sumlin wouldn’t discuss specifics, but TexAgs.com co-owner and A&M insider Billy Liucci told the newspaper that the Eagles (along with Auburn) offered Sumlin their head coaching job after last season.
"Maybe later -- some time later," Sumlin said. "But it won't be anytime soon. My family likes living here and I like living here. Heck, we just got here. People ask me to respond to the [NFL talk], and I say, 'You've got to be kidding me.' Because I remember what was being said at this time a year ago.
"I didn't really respond to that last year, and there's no reason to respond to this now."
You’ll recall that Kelly almost immediately interviewed with the Browns and the Eagles after Oregon’s Fiesta Bowl win and that he was very close to agreeing to a deal with Philadelphia early in January. But he backed away from the NFL to return to Oregon before changing his mind.
If the Eagles offered the job to Sumlin in the interim -- they also interviewed Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly -- it seems Philadelphia was awfully enthusiastic about turning over the job to a college coach.
But hey, don’t feel too badly for Sumlin. He received a $1.1 million raise (to go to $3.1 million per year) to return to Texas A&M. Of course, that doesn’t mean Sumlin, if he has the opportunity, won’t take the NFL jump next offseason.
"Those (NFL) discussions I hope come up all of the time, “he said. “Because as long as they do, we're doing something right."
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