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Kevin Sumlin officially headed to Texas A&M

Posted on: December 10, 2011 6:02 pm
 
Posted by Chip Patterson

Bruce Feldman's report from Saturday afternoon was confirmed when Texas A&M officially announced the hiring of Houston head coach Kevin Sumlin.

"I am very excited about the opportunity to serve as the head football coach at Texas A&M University," Sumlin said in a prepared statement. "Having coached there before, I understand the culture and embrace the commitment by the 12th Man regarding Aggie football. Aggieland is a special place and I look forward to working with the young men in the football program and recruiting the type of players we need to be successful in the SEC."

Sumlin reportedly informed his Houston team of the move to College Station in a meeting on Saturday, with assistant Tony Levine serving as the interim head coach for the Cougars' appearance in the Ticket City Bowl against Penn State on Jan. 2.

Sumlin takes over after Mike Sherman was fired following a disappointing 6-6 finish to a season that started with high expectations for the Aggies. Texas A&M is hoping that the return of the former offensive coordinator - Sumlin worked under R.C. Slocum in 2001-02 - will help give the Aggies the momentum the program will need making the transition to the SEC.

As Bryan Fischer pointed out earlier today, Sumlin will have the opportunity to lock up a recruiting class that is currently ranked in the Top 10 nationally according to MaxPreps.com. The former Houston head coach carries a great reputation among players, and competing for recruits in the SEC is no easy task.

Houston is also on the move to a new conference, with the announcement on Friday of the Cougars' move to the Big East in 2013.

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Comments

Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 7:39 pm
 

Kevin Sumlin officially headed to Texas A&M

Tougher assignment moving into the SEC. Also, the President who is too hands-on and an poor AD will hamper him. Good luck, you're going to need it.



Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 6:37 pm
 

He better get a lot of money guarenteed

If you're smart coach you will get all the money of the contract guarenteed. A&M are extremely finicky people and being they are mostly country folk, well you understand I'm sure. Good luck there as you need to win 9+games out of the gate to have a chance to be there the length of your contract.



Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: December 10, 2011 6:16 pm
 

Kevin Sumlin officially headed to Texas A&M

Good Luck Coach Sumlin at Texas A&M


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