It’s just starting to bubble and boil, but TruBlues should keep their eyes on reports out of College Station, TX re: Texas A&M’s coaching situation. Kevin Sumlin is being exposed as a One Manziel Wonder?
Sumlin is officially “beleaguered” and on the verge of being “much-maligned. … And, if so
Larry Fedora IS on the Aggies very short list?
Larry is from College Station. So surely aTm is on his personal short list (along with Texas and Baylor) of… maybe someday.
Not one but TWO highly-rated QBs announced their transferring out of aTm this week. Both are named Kyle which is also the name of their Stadium – Kyle Field.
Aggies Fat Cats are among the most peripatetically insane in all of sports. $$$$ is absolutely no problem…. neither the $20,000,000 to buy out Sumlin or whatever it would take to snatch Fedora off Franklin Street. Aggie Fat Cats make LSU Fat Cats appear sane by comparison.
Larry certainly knows the unrealistic expectations and 24/7 pressure of being Head Football Coach in College Station…. but….. Ya Never Know!
The aTm’s IPF has a Dom P machine. Not some piddly Smoothie Machine.
Sumlin’s recruiting classes since Manziel have been Top Fives but he keeps having transfer and “bad boy” issues…. and he has been mired in SEC mediocrity the past two seasons.
I’m not saying Larry should leave, or that he would leave, for $5,000,000 at aTm. If Larry waits a year, Texas could be an option too. Charlie Strong is standing on two Banana peels in Austin.
Current Aggie AD is former Bill Dooley DL – Eric Hyman (also a former member of TeamTodd at NC State). Hyman’s job could also be in danger.
NOTE: If, and its a very big IF at this stage, Larry would bolt…. 99% Likely Bubba bumps Gene Chizik up to HC.
The transfer of his two top quarterbacks has Kevin Sumlin on the hot seat at Texas A&M, and one report says some school administrators are looking into the possibility of buying out the coach.
Horns Digest’s Chip Brown reports that Texas A&M chancellor John Sharp is looking into the possibility of terminating Sumlin’s contract, which runs through 2019.
Sumlin, 51, finalized a six-year extension two years ago that bumped his pay to $5 million, calls for him to pay a $5 million penalty if he leaves before 2016, and for him to receive a $20 million buyout from the school if they want him out.
A&M, which has poured money into the football program including a remodel of Kyle Stadium, updated athletic facilities and more, is unhappy with the direction of the program.
Since going 11-2 in Sumlin’s first year, the program slipped to 9-4 and then 8-5 last year. The Aggies are currently 8-4 and would end up with a second consecutive 8-5 season with a loss in the Music City Bowl.
Texas A&M is said to be looking into whether they can find a way to fire Sumlin without cause, which would preclude them from paying his hefty buyout. That seems like it would prove to be a difficult task.
And how much would A&M like to change the direction of the program? They reportedly have their eye on Tom Herman, who has gone 12-1 in his first season at Houston,
and Larry Fedora, who has led North Carolina to an 11-2 season.
Sumlin has such a favorable contract because he was a hot commodity following his 11-2 inaugural season at A&M and the year after. He was in the mix for various NFL jobs and other college spots, leading the Aggies to give him big money to keep him in College Station. They seem to be regretting that now.
Texas A&M has seen top quarterbacks Kyle Allen and Kyler Murray announce transfers in the past week. Both were said to have trust issues with Sumlin. Though they have top quarterback recruit Tate Martell lined up for 2017, one has to wonder whether Sumlin will be around for that.