Friday, June 14, 2013
Sumlin proves he's loyal to Aggies' cause
By Edward Aschoff
A year ago, we didn't know what to expect from Kevin Sumlin or his Texas A&M Aggies. With Sumlin coming from Houston and A&M losing all that talent, both really were enigmas to the rest of the college football world.
Months later, they proved to be two of the hottest things associated with the sport. Sumlin helped lead the Aggies to a stunning 11-2 season and watched as his quarterback -- Johnny Manziel -- became the first freshman to ever win the Heisman Trophy.
"My family likes living here and I like living here. Heck, we just got here," said Kevin Sumlin of Texas A&M.
So much for the Aggies not being ready for life in the SEC.
But with that success has come more attention thrown the Aggies' way, especially Sumlin. He told the San Antonio Express-News on Wednesday that he's had opportunities to take his coaching talents to the NFL. The article even states that Sumlin was offered by the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles and Auburn after the stellar season he and his Aggies had.
However, Sumlin is still in College Station, and it doesn't sound like he's leaving anytime soon.
"Maybe later — some time later," Sumlin said of the chances on him heading for the NFL. "But it won't be anytime soon. My family likes living here and I like living here. Heck, we just got here. People ask me to respond to the (NFL talk), and I say, 'You've got to be kidding me.' Because I remember what was being said at this time a year ago.
"I didn't really respond to that last year, and there's no reason to respond to this now."
One reason Sumlin isn't looking to skip town is that he isn't quite satisfied with the job he's done with the Aggies. Sure, last year was a special season for the program, but Texas A&M was still behind Alabama and LSU in the SEC Western Division.
All that razzle-dazzle for third place.
This program has far more than third place on its mind.
It would have been easy for Sumlin to bolt for the NFL or a more high-profile college job, but he decided to stick with the Aggies. In fact, he probably didn't decide anything. He knew where he wanted to be.
Sumlin's name will continue to come up in NFL circles, but he has unfinished business to take care of at A&M.