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Kevin Sumlin’s new contract includes $3.1 million salary, bonuses

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In January, news broke that Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin was in line for an extension and raise pending approval from the university’s board of regents. As expected, Sumlin’s new contract was approved and the Dallas Morning News obtained the specifics of the second-year coach’s new deal.

Sumlin’s new contract extends through the 2017 season and will pay him $3.1 million in 2013 (he was receiving $2 million). That amount breaks down to $500,000 annually plus an annual supplemental payment of $2,600,000. That supplemental amount will increase to $2,725,000 in 2015 and then decreases to $2,350,000 in 2017.

You can also see Sumlin’s contract here.

Bonuses for Sumlin include: $100,000 for making the SEC championship game ($150,000 for winning); $250,000 for appearing in a BCS bowl ($300,000 for winning); $300,000 for a BCS championship appearance ($400,000 for winning); $50,000 for being named SEC coach of the year; and $75,000 for being named national coach of the year.

Sumlin also receives $3.4 million to pay his assistants, which is up $700,000 from 2012. His buyout remains at $2 million and will be reduced by $400,000 each year of the contract.

Can’t say Sumlin hasn’t earned his additional compensation.

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13 Responses to “Kevin Sumlin’s new contract includes $3.1 million salary, bonuses”
  1. be4bama says: Feb 28, 2013 2:59 PM

    Great man and coach. Well deserved!!

  2. halbert53 says: Feb 28, 2013 3:43 PM

    He and assistants deserve raises

  3. normtide says: Feb 28, 2013 3:48 PM

    I am usually weary of these quick extensions, after only a year on the job. However, I think the man is a great coach. Also a prefect fit at the perfect time for A&M.

  4. jimbo75025 says: Feb 28, 2013 4:45 PM


    Amen man. The extentions to Derek Dooley and Charlie Weiss come to mind. Sumlin is a great coach, but if I were A&M, I would have waited one more year to see how he dealt with losing some of his all-world offensive line.

  5. 8to80texansblog says: Feb 28, 2013 4:46 PM

    I’m so stoked for next year and 9/14/13.

  6. alligatorsnapper says: Feb 28, 2013 4:59 PM

    A&M is experiencing the huge increase in income from its new membership in the SEC and choosing to spend it for its coach, which is what other SEC schools do, but I do agree that A&M could have maybe waited another year on a new coach. They like Sumerlin. The players like Sumerlin. The trustees like Sumerlin. The alums and boosters like Sumerlin. I don’t think Sumerlin would have gone anywhere else but with great success will come offers. I think they wanted to maybe prevent the temptation for Coach Sumerlin to go anywhere else, so in that I can’t blame them. Got the money, spend it. Just get a clause of a high buy out if he decides to leave early for some higher offer elsewhere.

  7. 8to80texansblog says: Feb 28, 2013 5:50 PM


    A&M has more money than any school in the SEC. Their endowment is over $7B. The next closest is Vandy at $3.4B.

    The move to the SEC did bring more yearly income but A&M could afford to make Sumlin the highest paid coach in the NCAA if they wanted to.

  8. harveyballwanger says: Feb 28, 2013 6:30 PM

    It’s way too early to be giving him that kind of money. I can’t help but to think of Gene Chizik.

  9. goodfieldnohit says: Feb 28, 2013 11:17 PM

    This is not Sumlin’s first gig at A&M. He was at A&M in RC Slocum’s last two years. Regrettably, Dino Babers was RC’s offensive coordinator for far too long. When Dino finally left/got fired, RC was forced to give the offense to Kevin Damn Sumlin. It was too late to save RC’s job, but the offense did average about 40 points a game for the 4 games that Sumlin was in control. We saw the future then.

    After RC got fired, Sumlin went off to OU for some time and was wildly successful on Bob Stoops coaching staff, then on to Houston.

    I am a season ticket holder at Texas A&M. My season ticket prices just went up 5%, my 86,000 seat stadium is sold out and we are going to expand to 100,000+ after the end of next season.

    Sumlin is the man for the job at Texas A&M. He just flipped two recruits from Texas, one from Southern Cal, and one from L$U.

    To compare him to Gene Chizik is an insult.

  10. alligatorsnapper says: Mar 1, 2013 8:07 AM

    The two TAMU alums with whom I work confirm the huge endowment but both said that TAMU has not used it to pay a football coach, they would use football generated funds, which of course have greatly increased once TAMU came to the SEC.

    Sumerlin does have the support of everyone I have seen or spoken with at or from TAMU. They are very high on him.

  11. amosalanzostagg says: Mar 1, 2013 5:14 PM

    A&M starts spring football practice tomorrow. I’m going to drive up and see what Alabama faces in the fall. The September game is already marked on my calendar and to be honest, scares the crap out of me.

    Yes LSU is more of a blood feud, but LSU is coming to our place this year. A&M is on the road and I fully expect Kyle Field to be very inhospitable. A&M is looking to develop the same intense rivalry with us. That being said, A&M lost Joeckel, a definitive 1st round draft choice that will probably have a stellar pro career, but the real surprise was Matthews staying to play with his younger brother,(I won’t say “little”), Mike. With what they have returning and redshirting, their 2 guards are returning and with what they have recruited so far, A&M is looking to stay up with Alabama and the SEC for a long, long time.

    Sumlin did a great job last year with Mike Sherman’s recruits. With his development with A&M, OU and Houston he nutured some deep roots in recruiting. By increasing his assistant coaches salaries and developing a strong staff, Sumlin could be in for a great ride with A&M.

    Maybe the august bloggers could answer one question for me. Is it true that A&M
    has raised the $450 million to renovate their football stadium to go to 100,000?

    If so, that thud you heard from Austin is Texas falling down several notches. ESPN contract or not.

  12. amosalanzostagg says: Mar 1, 2013 5:19 PM


    Please forgive me, not being a grammer nazi….

    It’s Sumlin, not Sumerlin.

  13. alligatorsnapper says: Mar 1, 2013 5:58 PM

    amosalanzostagg: Sorry. Thank you for the spelling shout out. Spelling is generally a problem for me and when I saw the error I looked for an “edit” feature, but apparently, we still don’t have one after these years. JT told southernpatriots that it was on NBCs list, but down the list, so maybe in a few more years.

    I have heard they received that amount in pledges, donations, and guarantees, I don’t know if they have it all in hand yet, but apparently they will soon.

    LSU should have their stadium at about 100K in other year, or 18 months. LSU did not receive the funds up front but sold bonds, guaranteed by the state of Louisiana. No general fund money will go to pay, only self-generated football funds and the boosters, but in order to fund capital construction on a state owned facility, LA guarantees the bond.

    If the state of LA was actually paying for the expansion of Tiger Stadium I would really be concerned. LA is having a hard time keeping open its state hospitals and keeping the right of ways next to roads cut regularly. They are doing it, but it takes much longer than it used to.

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