A&M to reward coach with new deal
Texas A&M has given Kevin Sumlin a pay raise after his first season, the school announced Saturday, with a source telling ESPN's Joe Schad the new deal is for five years, taking the coach's contract through 2017.
The agreement in principle includes increased "compensation packages" for the Aggie assistant football coaches and is pending a Feb. 1, 2013 meeting of the A&M System Board of Regents, athletic director Eric Hyman said in a news release. Sumlin, hired from Houston in December 2011, originally signed for five years at $2 million a year. With incentives, he earned $2.4 million, making him the second-lowest paid coach among current SEC head coaches.
Sumlin took over for the fired Mike Sherman, and, with the help of a Heisman Award-winning year from Johnny Manziel, turned the Aggies around immediately, improving from their 7-6 record in 2011 to an 11-2 mark in 2012.
They went 6-2 in conference play in their first SEC season, which was capped by a 41-13 win over Oklahoma in the AT&T Cotton Bowl and a No. 5 final ranking in the Associated press Top 25 -- A&M's best finish since 1956.
Information from ESPN's Brett McMurphy was used in this report.