Reports this afternoon indicated that freshman QB Kyler Murray intends to transfer from Texas A&M. Kevin Sumlin met with the media today following bowl practice and was asked to address Kyler's situation. This media availability was scheduled as a regular part of bowl preparations and not in response to the news reports.
Sumlin said he expects Murray to practice on Thursday and start in the Music City Bowl on December 30th. This news conflicts with today's reports that Murray is looking to transfer. Is Sumlin working to keep Murray and remaining hopeful or is there a reasonable chance Murray stays at Texas A&M?
KS- "I'm not going to go into specifics, but I expect Kyler to be out here tomorrow."— TexAgs (@TexAgs) December 16, 2015
When asked if he expected Kyler Murray to start the bowl game, Sumlin answered, "Yes"— TexAgs (@TexAgs) December 16, 2015
Video: More Kevin Sumlin on Kyler Murray: pic.twitter.com/0nhjhxiHYy— Brent Zwerneman (@BrentZwerneman) December 16, 2015
Sumlin also discounted rumors of changes to the offensive coaching staff, at least in the near term.
KS- "I've been evaluating our staff all along, but the year goes through the bowl game. We've struggled at times, but that's on me."— TexAgs (@TexAgs) December 16, 2015
Video: Kevin Sumlin on potential changes to his coaching staff: pic.twitter.com/23vyEVmdm6— Brent Zwerneman (@BrentZwerneman) December 16, 2015
Sumlin also admitted some surprise at Kyle Allen's decision to transfer.
Sumlin: "I was a little bit" surprised on Kyle Allen's decision to transfer— Aggie Sports (@Aggie_Sports) December 16, 2015
Video: Kevin Sumlin addresses Kyle Allen transfer for first time: pic.twitter.com/JUE8zHfuoR— Brent Zwerneman (@BrentZwerneman) December 16, 2015