Report: Texas A&M closing in on Sumlin

Texas A&M hopes to name Houston’s Kevin Sumlin as its next head football coach as early as Saturday after Georgia head coach Mark Richt turned the vacancy down, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Richt reportedly mulled the offer Friday before later informing A&M he will stay in Athens, Ga., where he will thrash out a contract extension with Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity.

An A&M source said Sumlin could be announced as the successor to Mike Sherman by Monday at the latest.

The appointment will mark a return to College Station for Sumlin, who served as offensive coordinator under R.C. Slocum in 2002. But only if he agrees.

He again distanced himself from the latest reports while addressing the media during a party thrown to celebrate Houston’s entry into the Big East on Friday.

"It doesn’t really matter what my response is, because people are going to write what they’re going to write, so I’m not going to talk about it," Sumlin told reporters.

Sherman was fired Dec. 1 after the Aggies’ disappointing 6-6 season completed a 25-25 record over four years.