Kevin Sumlin will not be Texas A&M’s football coach after the 2017 season, according to multiple reports.
TheFootballScoop.com reported that A&M expects to move on from Sumlin this year, but not before the end of the season unless “something unforeseen were to occur.” The Read Optional reported that several football administrators have been told to prepare for his impending dismissal by notifying the school’s communications department for a strategy to release the news at the end of the regular season.
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Sumlin came into the 2017 season on the hot seat after athletic director Scott Woodward said Sumlin had to “win this year.” Texas A&M started the season on the wrong foot by allowing UCLA to overcome a 34-point deficit and beat the Aggies 45-44.
The loss provoked vitriol from the Aggies community, including a university regent who publicly said Sumlin needed to be fired. The Sumlins later received a racist, threatening letter after the loss. To make matters worse, Sumlin’s previous athletic director at Texas A&M, Eric Hyman, said he had nothing to do with Sumlin’s six-year, $30 million contract extension in 2013. That contract includes a hefty buyout that now sits at $10.4 million.
Still, A&M’s on-field product this season hasn’t been enough to warrant much confidence in Sumlin. His Aggies are 5-4 (3-3 in the SEC), though one win from being bowl-eligible with three games left. Sumlin’s team is coming off consecutive losses to Mississippi State and Auburn, losing those two games by a combined score of 77-31.
Moreover, with Saturday’s loss to Auburn, Sumlin’s team has not beaten an SEC West opponent at home in Kyle Field since Oct. 3, 2015 against Mississippi State. The Aggies will not get that chance again until next season, when Texas A&M hosts Mississippi State on Oct. 27.