Sumlin, who is in his sixth season at A&M, told the Chronicle that he expects to be the Aggies coach in 2018 and hadn’t heard he was going to be fired. The Chronicle cited multiple sources with “knowledge of the situation” with the information.
The news, however, doesn’t come as a surprise. Sumlin’s job security has been in question since the Aggies blew a big lead in their season-opening loss to UCLA. The embarrassing defeat caused a Houston-area member of the A&M board of regents to publicly call for Sumlin’s dismissal.
The Aggies (7-4, 4-3 in the Southeastern Conference) have gone 8-5 in each of the last three seasons. The only time A&M has won 10 or more games under Sumlin was his first season in 2012 when he had Heisman-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel and offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury.
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The Chronicle’s Brent Zwerneman reports that A&M is seeking to hire away Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher to replace Sumlin.
Sumlin’s teams have gone 51-25, but only 16-19 in the SEC West.