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Kevin Sumlin to get new six-year deal, will stay at A&M

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Over the past couple of months, Kevin Sumlin has been mentioned as USC’s top target as a permanent replacement for Lane Kiffin.  The NFL was also expected to come calling on the Texas A&M coach.

Apparently, though, you can cross one huge name off this year’s version of the coaching carousel.

Just a couple of hours before the kick-off of its regular-season finale, A&M announced that it has reached an agreement in principle on a new six-year contract with Sumlin.  While the terms of the new agreement were not released and are pending approval by The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents, it’s expected Sumlin will receive a significant bump in pay from the $3.1 million he earned in 2013.

“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,” A&M athletic director Eric Hyman said in a statement. “Texas A&M is making a sincere commitment to Kevin. We are fortunate that he is committed to remain an Aggie for a long time to come, and we are excited about what the future has in store.”

In nearly two full seasons in College Station, Sumlin has guided the Aggies to a 19-5 overall mark and a 10-5 record in SEC play.  Of the five conference losses since leaving the Big 12, four have come by a touchdown or less.

“I am humbled and very appreciative of the commitment that Texas A&M has extended not only to me and my family, but to our football program overall,” Sumlin said. “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.”

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18 Responses to “Kevin Sumlin to get new six-year deal, will stay at A&M”
  1. thekatman says: Nov 30, 2013 2:21 PM

    This is good news, because we don’t want Sumlin at USC. Take away Johnny Football and TAMU is a middle of the road SEC team.

  2. dhardy8207 says: Nov 30, 2013 2:34 PM

    Great move by aTm. Better to pay him well and keep him than let someone else pick him up. He’ll be able to recruit well and should keep aTm in the hunt for a lot of successful years in the SEC…

  3. rabbi187 says: Nov 30, 2013 2:44 PM

    He only used USC as leverage for more money. Right now, A&M is the better job. If I was an Aggie fan, I’d be hoping for a huge buy out clause. The real danger is an NFL scooping him up.

  4. goodfieldnohit says: Nov 30, 2013 2:45 PM

    I for one will be glad to see Johnny Ballhog move on. Kenny Hill is waiting on the bench, and Kyle Allen is the #1 high school QB in America, and he’ll be on campus in August.

  5. jc327 says: Nov 30, 2013 2:47 PM

    Mr. Sumlin, don’t forget to send thank you cards to Johnny Manziel and Mike Evans.

  6. normtide says: Nov 30, 2013 2:52 PM

    This is a great move for A&M. Next move is to hire a great DC.

  7. deucez2 says: Nov 30, 2013 2:57 PM


    Careful counting on QB ratings to translate to on-field success. Didn’t work out too well for Garret Gilbert.

  8. thefiesty1 says: Nov 30, 2013 3:13 PM

    …thekatman…. Check their record this year, they are the middle of the pack in 4th place in the West right now with Johnny Pigskin.

  9. goodfieldnohit says: Nov 30, 2013 3:14 PM

    Garret Gilbert does not count. He committed to Texas, and you knew Mack would eventually ruin him.

    The only QB Mack didn’t destroy was Vince Young. And Vince eventually destroyed himself in the pros.

  10. thefiesty1 says: Nov 30, 2013 3:23 PM

    Mack didn’t ruin Gilbert. Greg Davis did. He killed his confidence with his one play offense (the stupid, useless bubble screen). after he killed UTs only chance of winning the NC against Bama by running the same stupid play into the line for 5 straight calls to get McCoy hurt and forced Gilbert to play.

  11. rabbi187 says: Nov 30, 2013 3:26 PM

    I’m pretty sure Colt McCoy lead the Horns to a Fiesta Bowl win, a BCS Championship game, and a 2 time Heisman finalist. Mack totally ruined him u maroon.

  12. realfootballfan says: Nov 30, 2013 3:38 PM

    Yep, except for his 12-1 at Houston says hi. A&M’s program was dormant since Slocum, and he turned it around quickly in the SEC on top of all that, but keep thinking it’s just Manziel.

  13. wabbitslayer says: Nov 30, 2013 4:21 PM

    I think Sumlin should run around the field tonight after the game holding his hands in the air, rubbing his fingers together for the money…

    even if they lose.

  14. sportssurvey says: Nov 30, 2013 4:31 PM

    Interesting comments about A&M and Johnny Football. Poor, butthurt USC fans can’t stand it, I know.

    Middle of the road SEC Team without Johnny? Maybe you haven’t noticed, but USC is a middle of the road with ANY players or coaches.

    In the PAC12, no doubt. Eat it, losers.

  15. sportsguy3434 says: Nov 30, 2013 6:11 PM

    The most important part of that contract for A&M was the buyout. I would imagine it was close to $10M for the next few years to eliminate college teams from calling. This is good news for Ed Orgeron and bad news for Art Briles.

    I don’t know if Mack ruins qbs, but there have been a dozen qbs from Texas that are NFL starters or Heisman finalists that Mack never offered a scholarship. The only two great qbs while he has been there are VY and Colt and VY could onlt read half the field.

  16. billmead1976 says: Nov 30, 2013 6:21 PM

    haahhahahaha……Texas A&M just got Charlie Weis’d!!!

  17. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 30, 2013 11:15 PM

    deucez2 says:
    Nov 30, 2013 2:57 PM

    Careful counting on QB ratings to translate to on-field success. Didn’t work out too well for Garret Gilbert.
    Garrett Gilbert is 3rd in the nation in total offense…. just sayin.

  18. mogogo1 says: Dec 1, 2013 12:57 AM

    He seems like a class act, so I wish Sumlin well. But it does beg the question of what expectations are going to be. They lost 4 games this year with a once in a generation sort of talent at QB throwing to a receiver that should star in the NFL. Their defense never jelled all season. Definitely not saying he’s a bad coach, but they really didn’t live up to their hype.

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