In a move that is sure to surprise almost no one, the Texas A&M Aggies have hired Kevin Sumlin as their new head coach.
According to multiple sources, a deal is being finalized and a formal announcement introducing Sumlin as the new head coach at Texas A&M is forthcoming.
Over the course of the past five years, Kevin Sumlin has brought the Houston Cougars football program back to national prominence behind the arm of 2011 Heisman Trophy candidate Case Keenum and a host of talented skill players on both sides of the ball.
This success made Sumlin one of the most talked about coaching candidates of the 2011 season as he was mentioned as a potential candidate for openings at UCLA, Arizona State and others.
After a loss to Southern Mississippi in the Conference USA Championship Game, the possibilities of Houston being able to play in a BCS bowl game went out the window, but nonetheless Sumlin had already made the impression he had needed to make on athletic directors across the country.
The most interesting element of A&M’s hire of Sumlin will be how philosophies will mesh. Traditionally, A&M is a defense-first program, focusing on controlling the action through a punishing defense and an offense that is productive enough to take advantage of the opportunities the defense provides.
Houston, on the other hand, was offense-first throughout Sumlin’s time there– looking to put up points in bunches through the air and doing what they could on the defensive side of the ball to maintain a lead.
Will Sumlin be able to make a quick philosophical shift in College Station, allowing the Aggies to turn into a high-octane, passing first offense? Or, will the transition be more gradual as Sumlin gets the type of players on campus that can best adapt to his schemes?
Or, will College Station change Sumlin into a more defensive-minded coach who places less emphasis on scoring in favor of ball control and defensive discipline?