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A&M’s Sumlin determined to convince fan base that it’s all good

Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin sounded confident talking about his team with the Brazos Valley A&M Club.
Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin sounded confident talking about his team with the Brazos Valley A&M Club. AP

Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin has had to put out multiple fires this offseason, from losing quarterbacks to revoking an assistant’s Twitter privileges.

So any chance he gets in front of the Aggies’ faithful, he’s determined to ease concerns. Sumlin is now playing the “Us Against the World” card, telling a large gathering at the Brazos Valley A&M Club Coaches Night on Thursday: “A lot of people don’t think we’re very good. A lot of people think this organization is in disarray. It’s far from it.”

He continued, according to TexAgs.com: “As a matter of fact, it’s in pretty good shape right now. I like where we are. I like our attitude. And I like the fact that people don’t think we’re worth a damn. That’s all right with me. We’re going to be all right.”

All-righty then.

Plenty of articles have already been written about Sumlin being on the hot seat and how if the Aggies struggle in 2016, a quick fix could be a coaching change. Sumlin has gone on the offensive in these matters, mainly by talking about his defense.

Sumlin believes the defense under second-year coordinator John Chavis is ready to breakout.

“We’re on our way defensively,” Sumlin said. “We’ve got a real good chemistry as a football team. I like where we are.”

He also tried to reassure fans that the offense will be OK, too, and that it’s not always about who is leaving the program – as in quarterbacks Kyle Allen and Kyler Murray – but who is coming in – as in Oklahoma transfers quarterback Trevor Knight and running back Keith Ford.

“We’ve got a maturity level that we didn’t have last year because of guys that transferred in here,” Sumlin said. “Sometimes we get caught up in who’s leaving here. A couple of our best players last year were transfers from other universities.

“That’s the way things work right now. We’ve got some guys that came in here and are going to help our program.”

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