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William Sumlin, father of Texas A&M football coach Kevin Sumlin, has died

William Sumlin, the pioneering high school coach and father of Texas A&M football coach Kevin Sumlin, died Sunday at 81.

The elder Sumlin was a football, baseball and basketball coach in Alabama and later in Indiana. He saw his son become the first black head coach at a major college in Texas when Kevin took over at Houston, and then five years later become the first black head coach at Texas A&M.

Texas A&M confirmed William Sumlin’s death, but no cause was given.

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