Kevin Sumlin was once rumored for just about every hot job opening in college, and even a few in the NFL. Now, he might be looking at unemployment.
That’s according to this surprisingly unequivocal report from Brent Zwerneman of the Houston Chronicle:
Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin will be fired following the Aggies’ regular-season finale at LSU on Saturday night, multiple people with knowledge of the situation said.
Sumlin is expected to be dismissed in the day or days following the A&M game against the Tigers. The Aggies are a double-digit underdog to the Tigers, and an A&M victory wouldn’t save his job at this point, the sources said.
It’s a sharp fall for Sumlin, who went 11-2 in his first season with the Aggies, and hasn’t been worse than 8-5 since. Texas A&M currently sits 7-4, meaning the 8-5 plateau was within reach, but if the report is to be believed, boosters must have decided to aim higher.
For his part, Sumlin denied knowledge of any such decision:
A resolute Sumlin on Tuesday at his weekly press conference said that he expects to be A&M’s coach next season.
“Why wouldn’t I?” he said in response to a question from the Chronicle about his future.
Told that the Chronicle had learned he wouldn’t be back next season, Sumlin responded, “I haven’t heard that.”
According to a USA TODAY report, A&M will pursue Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher, saying that pursuing Fisher would make sense for Texas A&M, which has shown a willingness to spend big money to reach the elite level of college football.