Texas A&M Head Coach Kevin Sumlin followed up Tuesday's appearance at SEC Media Days with an appearance at the Dallas A&M Club Coach's Night on Wednesday, speaking to the crowd and answering questions.
Sumlin began his remarks by saying that he could say a bit more at this event because he knew all of the media were still in Hoover, Alabama, even though some of us in the audience might post what he says on Twitter. I can't confirm it, but I feel like he shot an angry glance in my direction at this point.
Kevin Sumlin just did a Steve Spurrier impression at Dallas A&M Club Coaches Night.— Robert Behrens (@rcb05) July 16, 2015
Following his surprisingly good impression, Sumlin said he and Spurrier have become good friends, even after Spurrier called him a "great negotiator." He said putting almost 700 yards of offense on them helped.
Sumlin took a moment to congratulate David Beaty, who left this offseason to become the head coach at Kansas. Beaty had particular success recruiting the Dallas area, and Sumlin took a moment to point out that three Big 12 head coaches are from his coaching tree.
"I should probably go to the Big 12 Media Days and tell them what's going on, because a third of them used to work for me." -Kevin Sumlin— Robert Behrens (@rcb05) July 16, 2015
Sumlin spoke about John Chavis, saying he's created a lot of buy-in among the players, and that he talks to them rather than at them. His passion for the game is obvious. He also told a story about getting out of his car at the Bright Complex only to have a guy in a Harley pull up right next to him. As the man removed his helmet Sumlin said, "Chief, is that you?"
Kevin Sumlin said John Chavis rides his Harley to work, so he encourages everyone to not hit anyone on a motorcycle in College Station.— Robert Behrens (@rcb05) July 16, 2015
Sumlin talked about the youth of his team, how in the Liberty Bowl, he had eight true freshmen playing on defense, and the great thing about freshmen is that they turn into sophomores. He said this is the first year at Texas A&M where he felt like he didn't need any true freshman to come in a and be ready to play (but that doesn't mean they won't play). He also joked about not knowing why we were so nervous about Daylon Mack and Kyler Murray not coming to Texas A&M. The joke elicited no laughter, so he said, " I guess y'all really were nervous."
Sumlin mentioned Kyler Murray taking a week of travel to accept his Gatorade Player of the Year Award and attend the ESPY Awards. Sumlin's response was "OK, that's just another week when Kyle Allen will be getting better."
Kyler Murray and Daylon Mack are roommates, a fact which I look forward to color commentators mentioning ad nauseum in the coming years.— Robert Behrens (@rcb05) July 16, 2015
Sumlin says safety Justin Evans and DE Daeshon Hall impressed him the most this spring.— Robert Behrens (@rcb05) July 16, 2015
Sumlin wrapped his remarks by talking about how excited he is for this season.
Sumlin said he's looking forward to this season as much as any season he's had a a head coach.— Robert Behrens (@rcb05) July 16, 2015
"I don't think people think very much of us right now, and that's OK. That's why we play the games." -Kevin Sumlin— Robert Behrens (@rcb05) July 16, 2015
The evening ended with a brief question and answer session, which peaked with a Clay Honeycutt/Big Brother question and a child doing lightning-round style questions.
Kevin Sumlin on Clay Honeycutt: "He's a little bit better of an actor than he was a safety." pic.twitter.com/TxFNNSth3u— Robert Behrens (@rcb05) July 16, 2015
Kid: "Ginger or Maryann?" Sumlin: "Both." Kid: "Allen or Murray?" Sumlin: "Both."— Robert Behrens (@rcb05) July 16, 2015
Sumlin's tour continues tonight at the Forth Worth A&M Club Coach's Night.