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Team: Arizona Wildcats
Age / DOB:  (53) / 8/3/1964

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Bleacher Report's Brad Shepard lists Arizona as one of the 10 schools that are "guaranteed" to win more games in 2018.
Arizona won seven games last year, but Shepard projects the Wildcats to get to the nine-win mark in 2018. They don't play Washington next year -- the prohibitive favorite to win the Pac-12 at this moment -- and their non-conference schedule includes bouts with BYU, Southern Utah and Houston. Not exactly murderer's row. "New head coach Kevin Sumlin gets USC, Oregon, California and rival Arizona State at home, so that could pay big dividends in a year where things set up nicely for the Wildcats to contend for the South Division title," writes Shepard. "Their win total could be boosted even more by postseason games." Feb 23 - 7:36 PM

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Texas A&M will pay Arizona HC Kevin Sumlin his $10.4 million buyout on Thursday.

We're guessing Sumlin is having himself a pretty nice day. The Aggies are 60 days out from his initial firing at the end of November, meaning it's time to foot the bill. They're on the hook for the money he would have made in College Station during the 2018 and 2019 seasons had he not been canned. Sumlin waited patiently through the coaching madness in December before swooping in to take over the helm of the ship at Arizona when the Wildcats parted ways with Rich Rodriguez earlier in January.
Jan 25 - 12:24 PM

NFL.com senior analyst Gil Brandt reports that Arizona will hire former Texas A&M HC Kevin Sumlin to serve in the same capacity.

Arizona was charging hard for Navy HC Ken Niumatalolo to replace Rich Rodriguez, but Niumatalolo withdrew his name from the conversation this weekend. Now, it looks like Sumlin will be bringing his spread attack to the desert. He posted a 51-26 record across six seasons at Texas A&M prior to being fired at the end of the 2017 campaign, a firing which we didn't completely agree with at the time. Sumlin has already proven his ability to recruit at a high level and has extensive experience working with dual-threat quarterbacks ranging from Johnny Manziel to Trevor Knight to (most recently) Kellen Mond. He'll now have a gem at his disposal with Arizona in QB Khalil Tate.
Jan 14 - 2:51 PM

Football Scoop reports that Kevin Sumlin is one of several high profile names that have been asked to interview for the University of Arizona job.

In addition to Sumlin, Football Scoop reports that the school has requested interviews with Neal Brown, Jedd Fisch, Mark Helfrich, Beau Baldwin and another former coach who is a "TV / media presence." Spicy. Arizona has also interviewed current defensive coordinator Marcel Yates, and the website reports that a decision is expected to come in the next few days. Stay tuned.
Jan 9 - 9:37 PM

Rivals' Brandon Helwig reports that former Texas A&M HC Kevin Sumlin is "officially" out of the running to become the Knights' head coach.

We loved this fit on the surface -- as it would have paired the Knights' myriad skill position athletes with Sumlin's spread ethos -- but the Knights intend on going in another direction. Which direction? FootballScoop reported Monday that Toledo head coach Jason Candle is "very interested" in the job.
Mon, Dec 4, 2017 03:35:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Rittenberg and Andrea Adelson report that UCF is targeting former Texas A&M HC Kevin Sumlin.

Ryan Bass, sports director of CBS Tampa, reported earlier on Sunday that the two sides had begun conversations. We now have some national confirmation of that initial posting. Per Rittenberg and Adelson, UCF will also consider offensive coordinator and current interim HC Troy Walters for the full-time position. UCF finished off a 12-0 pre-bowl season with their endlessly entertaining AAC title game win over Memphis on Saturday, a win which was almost immediately followed by HC Scott Frost stepping down to take over at Nebraska.
Source: ESPN.com
Sun, Dec 3, 2017 02:42:00 PM

CBS Tampa sports director Ryan Bass reports that UCF has begun conversations with former Texas A&M HC Kevin Sumlin.

According to Bass, Sumlin is the team's top coaching target now that Scott Frost has flown off to Nebraska. The station sports director indicated that discussion with Sumlin is ongoing and that no agreement has been reached at this juncture. Beyond Sumlin, Knights OC Troy Walters is currently serving as interim head coach and could potentially receive a full-time promotion.
Sun, Dec 3, 2017 12:14:00 PM

Sports Illustrated's Bruce Feldman reports that Tennessee "has interest" in former Texas A&M HC Kevin Sumlin.

Per Feldman, the Vols like Sumlin due to his "reputation for leading explosive offenses, his strong recruiting ties and his experience in the SEC." While Tennessee has struck out on every single hiring attempt they've made -- NC State's Dave Doeren being the latest to turn them down -- Sumlin's current state of unemployment could make an offer more palatable even given what's turned into something like a quagmire in Knoxville. Feldman additionally name-checks SMU HC Chad Morris and USC OC Tee Martin as potential candidates, here, along with Sumlin.
Thu, Nov 30, 2017 02:53:00 PM

Football Scoop reports that former Texas A&M HC Kevin Sumlin would be a candidate at FSU should HC Jimbo Fisher leave for the Aggies.

Fisher is reportedly on the verge of jumping ship to Texas A&M. While the Seminoles have been doing their due diligence on Oregon HC Willie Taggart as their Plan A should Fisher step away, Sumlin could also be in play in what would essentially be a coach swap between the two programs. We'll have to wait for Fisher's final decision before these reports truly begin to hold weight.
Thu, Nov 30, 2017 02:10:00 PM

Texas A&M fired HC Kevin Sumlin.

This was expected, having been reported as being in the offing by the Houston Chronicle earlier this week. It was just a matter of timing. Sumlin is being relieved of duties immediately, with special teams coordinator Jeff Banks to serve as interim head coach moving forward until the Aggies can land on Sumlin's successor. After going a combined 20-6 in 2012 and 2013, Texas A&M has not won more than eight games in any of the last four seasons. They finished the 2017 regular season holding a 7-5 record. Overall, he posted a 51-26 record (25-23 in conference). It was reported earlier on Sunday that Sumlin could be eyeing the open head-coaching position at Arizona State now that he has been shown the exit from College Station.
Sun, Nov 26, 2017 04:00:00 PM

TexAgs.com's Billy Liucci reports that if he's fired at Texas A&M, HC Kevin Sumlin will take the now-open head-coaching position at Arizona State.

Liucci is among the more plugged-in reporters covering the Aggies and goes so far as to write that he would be "surprised if a deal isn't done in very short order." Sumlin has yet to be officially fired at Texas A&M, but is widely expected to receive his walking papers in the very near future. Arizona State is now an avenue for him after they fired HC Todd Graham earlier on Sunday. Stay tuned.
Sun, Nov 26, 2017 12:28:00 PM

Texas A&M HC Kevin Sumlin said that he has not spoken with AD Scott Woodward since Saturday.

The Houston Chronicle reported on Tuesday evening that Texas A&M would fire Sumlin following this weekend's upcoming game against LSU -- win or lose. "I think our team has done a really nice job of focusing on games at hand," Sumlin said on a conference call with SEC coaches on Wednesday, "and we’ll continue to do that. Certainly we’ve had that experience (of dealing with coaching rumors) since the beginning of the year." For the time being, we're in a holding pattern, here. Expect plenty more to come from this story one way or another once Saturday's game is played.
Wed, Nov 22, 2017 07:30:00 PM

The Houston Chronicle's Brent Zwerneman reports that Texas A&M will fire HC Kevin Sumlin following Saturday's game against LSU.

Per Zwerneman, Sumlin will be terminated whether or not the Aggies come through with a win against the Tigers over the holiday weekend. When the Chronicle broached the report during Sumlin's press conference on Tuesday, the coach responded, "I haven't heard that." According to Zwerneman's reportage, it has not yet been determined exactly when Sumlin will receive the axe once his squad has played LSU -- only that it will, indeed, happen. This is a developing story and we'll pass along updates as information becomes available. Barring a late reprieve, Sumlin is looking like he could join Florida's Jim McElwain and Tennessee's Butch Jones in the ranks of this season's SEC coaching casualties. During his six seasons in College Station, he has compiled a 51-25 record -- but just a 25-22 mark in conference. The Aggies have not won more than eight games since 2013, Sumlin's second season on the job.
Tue, Nov 21, 2017 07:38:00 PM

Former Texas A&M AD Eric Hyman said that "people didn't know what they were doing" when they awarded HC Kevin Sumlin a six-year, $30 million extension in 2013.

"If someone is going to give you $5 million a year for six years, it would have been stupid of him to turn it down," Hyman said. "But the contract was given to me, and it was ‘This is what we are going to do.’ I looked at myself and I was stunned." Hyman -- who served as Aggies athletic director from 2013-2016 -- says that he had no say in the extension. The 2-1 Aggies opened the season with a catastrophic meltdown-of-a-loss against UCLA, but have rebounded to win their past two contests (albeit against far inferior competition). They'll face off with Arkansas on Saturday. Sumlin remains very much on the hot seat as the team enters conference play.
Thu, Sep 21, 2017 04:42:00 PM

Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin responded to Board of Regents member Tony Buzbee's recent criticism.

"People are frustrated. I'm frustrated about a lot of things," Sumlin said. "I'm not in the business of really paying attention to anything outside this program, or comments good or bad." Buzbee was extremely harsh, but it is tough to blame him. Texas A&M supporters are running out of patience.
Source: ESPN
Wed, Sep 6, 2017 10:45:00 AM