In huge Saturday news, Texas A&M and Kevin Sumlin have agreed in principle to a new six-year deal, keeping Sumlin happy and in College Station for the foreseeable future. The financials of the deal have not yet been released.
Sumlin was assumed to be the frontrunner for the Southern California head coaching job this offseason, and many speculated he would be interested in the Houston Texans job if Gary Kubiak is fired. But this contract should end all of that speculation, along with the negative recruiting tactic that was surely being employed by rival coaches in the homes of high school players.
"I am humbled and very appreciative of the commitment that Texas A&M has extended not only to me and my family, but to our football program overall," Sumlin said. "We have only just begun to lay the foundation for sustained, long-term success here at Texas A&M, and we will work hard every day to make this great institution and the 12th Man proud."
Coach Sumlin, is in his second year as head coach at A&M, has compiled a 19-5 record and has a career record of 54-22 entering today's game against No. 5 Missouri. Texas A&M also has a top-five recruiting class for 2014, including Kyle Allen, the top quarterback in the country. And with a $450 million stadium redevelopment underway, the news of Sumlin's extension could not have come at a better time.
According to the release on AggieAthletics.com:
"Coach Sumlin has demonstrated why he is considered among the nation’s elite football coaches. His coaching and recruiting abilities are only secondary to his integrity, class and passion for his student-athletes and this University," said Texas A&M Athletic Director Eric Hyman. "Texas A&M is making a sincere commitment to Kevin. We are fortunate that he is committed to remain an Aggie for a long time to come, and we are excited about what the future has in store."