Kevin Sumlin has been one of the hottest names on the coaching market for his work at Texas A&M over the last two years, but he won’t be leaving College Station this year after agreeing to a new six-year deal.
Texas A&M Athletic Director Eric Hyman told USA Today, “Coach Sumlin has demonstrated why he is considered among the nation’s elite football coaches. His coaching and recruiting abilities are only secondary to his integrity, class and passion for his student-athletes and this University.”
Sumlin has had his name mentioned as a possible candidate for the USC job and has recently come up as a potential replacement should the Houston Texans fire Gary Kubiak. Sumlin previously coached at Houston and had the interest of some NFL teams who had coaching openings last year.
“We have only just begun to lay the foundation for sustained, long-term success here at Texas A&M, and we will work hard every day to make this great institution and the 12th Man proud,” Sumlin said in a statement.
His decision to stay with the Aggies now leads to the question of whether his star quarterback Johnny Manziel will stay in College Station for at least one more season. I think he’s a lock to go to the 2014 NFL Draft, but would Sumlin have signed an extension if he believed Manziel would be gone?
Nevertheless, the signing of Sumlin to this new deal means that the Aggies will take another giant step towards entrenching themselves as the top team in the Lone Star State. Sumlin has recruited at a high level; he currently has the No. 2 class according to 247Sports, and is succeeding in the SEC while Texas is faced with an uncertain future.
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