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Report: Kevin Sumlin spurned offers from NFL’s Eagles, Auburn

Texas A&M University head coach Sumlin shouts toward the field against the University of Oklahoma during the first half of the Cotton Bowl Classic NCAA football game in Arlington, Texas Reuters

While Oregon lost and Notre Dame nearly lost their head football coaches to the Philadelphia Eagles this offseason, it appears the coach of another FBS program was a priority for that NFL club as well.

Wednesday, Kevin Sumlin acknowledged to the San Antonio Express-News that he’s “had plenty of opportunities [for NFL jobs], both as an assistant coach and even as a head coach,” although the Texas A&M boss declined to get into any specifics regarding those opportunities.  Billy Liucci of did, though, reporting that the Eagles as well as Auburn offered their head-coaching vacancies to Sumlin.

Sumlin obviously turned down both opportunities — and netted a cool $1.1 million raise from A&M in the process — as the NFL team plucked Chip Kelly from the Ducks while the Tigers turned to Gus Malzahn to replace Gene Chizik.  Bruce Feldman of actually takes the Sumlin/NFL line a bit further, tweeting that the coach was pursued by three pro teams this offseason.  While Feldman doesn’t name the other two teams, a safe guess would be the Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills, both of which chased college coaches — with the latter hiring Syracuse’s Doug Marrone — during their respective searches.

To Sumlin’s credit, he didn’t shy away from the NFL question and his future at that level.

“Maybe later — some time later,” said Sumlin when asked by the Express-News about moving up a weight class in football. “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.”

The fact that Sumlin would be a hot commodity at both the pro and collegiate levels is not exactly earth-shattering news.  In his first year with the Aggies, in that program’s first year in the rough-and-tumble SEC, A&M handed BCS champion Alabama its lone loss as Sumlin capped an 11-2 debut season with a 28-point pounding of Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl.  In his last season at Houston in 2011, the Cougars went 11-2 and were in the hunt for a BCS bid before losing in the Conference USA championship game.

Thanks to those successful stints, Sumlin will always be a hot commodity whenever the coaching carousel spins.  It’ll be up to the 48-year-old to determine just how long he wants to hold off those overtures and remain in College Station.

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11 Responses to “Report: Kevin Sumlin spurned offers from NFL’s Eagles, Auburn”
  1. alligatorsnapper says: Jun 13, 2013 12:11 PM

    The Aggie alums with whom I work have long stated Sumerlin would be sought out by other college and NFL teams. That won’t change now and will increase. He did not shut the door at that in the future, but pushed it off from now to the future at some unknown time. It ought to give Aggie alums and fans some Tums moments between now and that unknown future time.

    Meanwhile, for now until then, enjoy the ride in the stratosphere! (and where is big brother? just had to add that to needle the UT alums with whom I work).

  2. alligatorsnapper says: Jun 13, 2013 12:12 PM

    Sorry. I am typing fast on a break. It is Sumlin, not Sumerlin, apologies to Aggie fans and all, my typo.

  3. tgaustin says: Jun 13, 2013 12:27 PM

    It’s funny, most Aggie alums I work with and know hated the original hiring of Sumlin. Amazing what a difference a year makes! Matter of fact, go back to December 10th, 2011 on this website and see for yourself!

  4. bertenheim says: Jun 13, 2013 12:36 PM

    Those nay-sayers back in Dec. 2011 are pretty hilarious.

  5. v2rotate says: Jun 13, 2013 12:46 PM

    Sumlin will leave when the money is right. No one worth anything stays in the hell hole that is Collie Station.

  6. kiopta1 says: Jun 13, 2013 1:00 PM

    I would say that if he hadn’t been getting such solid recruiting classes that he would have jumped.

  7. ancientcougar says: Jun 13, 2013 4:18 PM

    Sumlin is smart; why take a losing NFL team when you are making a legend out of yourself.

  8. goodfieldnohit says: Jun 13, 2013 5:01 PM

    @v2rotate – College Station is anything but a hell hole. It’s not Austin, but it’s a nice little college town. Don’t be a hater.

  9. rsmeans says: Jun 13, 2013 7:23 PM

    No doubt that Sumlin, is not a very good coach and a rising star. But 2012 was likely somewhat of a fluke year for TAM. Two very good years at Houston and TAM is impressive but not necessarily indications of a Nick Saban, Les Miles, Or Urban Meyer. Auburn which is more likely to win a NC before TAM chose a more promising coach in Gus Malzahn. Malzahn performed on the biggest of stages and continued that success at Arkansas State.

  10. teedraper says: Jun 14, 2013 2:15 PM

    Where are the tools that hated this hire. I KNOW WHY! Pathetic

  11. raven966 says: Aug 1, 2013 11:29 PM

    Next year I am attending The University of Texas at Austin. Needless to say I’m no fan of the aggies but if you really believe that Sumlin is not a top coach and that Les Miles is you really have no business posting. Sumlin had 3 good years at UH with only one bad one which occurred with the injury of his starting quarterback. Miles inherited an awesome program from Saban when he left for the dolphins. Miles runs a first grade offense and is only successful because of his awesome talent that LSU alumni pays to obtain.

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