The news, first reported by the Houston Chronicle, has elicited an emotional response from players unhappy with the way A&M is handling the situation.
Sports Illustrated’s Bruce Feldman reported that Sumlin’s coaching staff first heard of the report that Sumlin would be fired after Saturday’s game at LSU when they came off the practice field Tuesday night.
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“One Aggies assistant coach told SI he found out about the report when he picked up his cellphone and saw that he had six messages, two from A&M recruits,” Feldman reported.
“For our players to find out about it like this, that it doesn’t matter if we win SAT night at LSU, it’s really (expletive),” a staff member told Feldman.
“The way they’re treating the players and the coaches in the situation is weak,” former Aggies offensive lineman Jermaine Eluemunor posted on Twitter. “A&M supposed to be a classy University this (expletive) classless, it’s supposed to be about the players A&M making it about their own selfish intentions.”
Aggies running back Trayveon Williams posted his discouragement Wednesday morning with how A&M has handled the situation.
“Have Some Class About The Way You Go About Things,” he posted. “Thats Flat Out Ridiculous.”
On Twitter, Cincinnati Bengals running back and former Aggie Tra Carson accused the university of a lack of respect.
“They ain’t have no respect for the current A&M players or Sumlin y’all weak for that,” Carson posted.