Sumlin, Texas A&M agree in principle to new deal
Texas A&M and coach Kevin Sumlin have agreed in principle to
a new six-year contract that could keep him with the Aggies through
The university said Saturday that the terms of the deal still
needed to be approved by its Board of Regents.
Sumlin is 19-5 in two seasons with the Aggies (8-3) heading into
their game Saturday at No. 5 Missouri. That’s the most victories by
a coach in school history in his first two years.
There had been much speculation regarding Sumlin being a
candidate to become Southern California’s permanent head coach, or
that he might be pursued by an NFL team or two as he was after last
season. The new deal could put an end to the uncertainty.
”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 in a statement. ”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.”
In six seasons as a head coach at Houston and Texas A&M,
Sumlin has a career record of 54-22.
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,” 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.”