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.
Navy has seen one of its most productive players on the defensive side of the ball play for perhaps the final time this season.
Kwazel Bertrand sustained a broken ankle in the win over Air Force last Saturday, head coach Ken Niumatalolo confirmed earlier this week. As a result, the defensive back will very likely miss the remainder of the 2015 season.
And, because he is a senior and has no other eligibility avenues to pursue, it would effectively end his collegiate career as well.
“I feel terrible for Kwazel. It’s really unfortunate any time a senior goes down with a season-ending injury,” Niumatalolo said. “Kwazel has been a really good player for us and we’re going to miss his presence out on the field.”
Bertrand started 27 games over the past three-plus seasons, including all four in 2015.
You know how I know we’re gradually creeping up on the end of another regular season? Watch lists are being whittled.
The first major honor to do so is the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which is given out annually to the best quarterback who is a college senior or fourth-year junior. The preseason watch list was 30 quarterbacks strong; the newest list has been cut in half to 15.
The most recent list includes one of the top Heisman contenders (TCU’s Trevone Boykin) and the top two nationally in passing yards (Bowling Green’s Matt Johnson, Western Kentucky’s Brandon Doughty), as well as a quarterback who’s closing in on the all-time FBS record for rushing touchdowns (Navy’s Keenan Reynolds).
The Pac-12 leads all conferences with three watch listers, followed by two each from the AAC, ACC and Big Ten. The SEC has as many players (one, Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott) as the FCS (North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz).
Last year’s winner was Marcus Mariota of Oregon.
Trevone Boykin, TCU
Jacoby Brissett, NC State
Connor Cook, Michigan State
Brandon Doughty, WKU
Everett Golson, Florida State
Kevin Hogan, Stanford
Matt Johnson, Bowling Green
Cody Kessler, USC
Paxton Lynch, Memphis
Dak Prescott, Mississippi State
Keenan Reynolds, Navy
Nate Sudfeld, Indiana
Carson Wentz, N. Dakota State
Marquise Williams, North Carolina
Travis Wilson, Utah