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Team: Texas A&M Aggies
Age / DOB:  (53) / 8/3/1964

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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. Sep 21 - 4:42 PM

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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
Sep 6 - 10:45 AM

Tony Buzbee, who is on Texas A&M Board of Regents, voiced his displeasure of head coach Kevin Sumlin on social media.

"I never said a word when he and his agent manipulated a much bigger and longer contract," Buzbee began. "Our coaches were dominated on national TV, yet again." Sumlin produced an outstanding first season with the Aggies and has recruited well, but those accolades have not translated into top SEC success. The team was winning 44-10 heading into the fourth quarter.
Source: Tony Buzbee
Sep 4 - 10:03 AM

SEC Country's Shehan Jeyarajah believes that Texas A&M HC Kevin Sumlin's crew will need to win at least eight wins in the regular season for him to keep his job.

Sumlin has already been put on notice by AD Scott Woodward, who said at the end of May that "Coach knows he has to win and he has to win this year." That could prove problematic, at least if Jeyarajah's assessment of the team is accurate. The analyst writes that the team's roster "might not be ready" due to questions at quarterback, defensive line, linebacker and wideout. Our take -- eight wins might not even be enough. Sumlin has turned in three consecutive 8-5 seasons to get himself into this do-or-die situation.
Source: SEC Country
Jun 18 - 2:51 PM

Texas A&M athletic director Scott Woodward said head coach Kevin Sumlin "has to win and he has to win this year."

"Coach knows he has to win and he has to win this year," Woodward said. "We have to do better than we’ve done in the past." In his first season at A&M, Sumlin went 11-2 and finished second in the SEC West while overseeing Johnny Manziel‘s Heisman-winning campaign. Since that time, the Aggies are 33-19 overall and below .500 in SEC play. Those past four teams have been particularly dreadful down the stretch, going 21-1 to begin the season collectively and 12-16 to end it. "It doesn’t come up to objective data-reading of wins and losses. That’s not gonna be the way I look at it," Woodward said of what Sumlin needs to save his job. "It’s gonna be a lot of subjectivity brought into it. How we win, what we do, how we do it, for me to make a decision [on Sumlin’s future]."
May 31 - 1:04 PM

Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin expects all Aggies recruits committed in December to sign during the early signing period.

The NCAA passed legislation last week for a new early signing period starting on Dec. 20 and lasting for 72 hours. "If a guy doesn't sign in December, he's not committed," Sumlin said. "He has a reservation." The early signing period will change college recruiting as we know it. Just how that will be remains to be seen.
Source: 247 Sports
May 15 - 5:35 PM

The season-opening contest between Texas A&M and UCLA has been moved from Saturday, September 2 to Sunday, September 3.

This past season, Texas and Notre Dame had a fireworks-filled Sunday opener to help kick off the CFB year in high style. The Bruins and Aggies will look to provide more Sunday fun during the coming campaign. This contest will serve as the back end of a home-and-home series, with Texas A&M topping the Bruins in College Station by a 31-24 final in overtime in 2016.
Mar 30 - 12:31 PM

Texas A&M is ranked No. 6 in the latest release of the AP Top 25 poll.

The Aggies were ranked eighth a week ago, but their huge double-overtime win against Tennessee bumped them up two spots in the rankings. There was no movement among the top five, as Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan, Clemson and Washington all held firm. Beyond A&M's rise, the other big movement in the top 10 came as a result of Houston's loss to Navy. That defeat dropped them from No. 6 to No. 13.
Mon, Oct 10, 2016 01:27:00 PM

Texas A&M suspended two assistant coaches for two weeks without pay for "degrading comments towards women" in a Thursday slideshow at the program's annual "Chalk Talk for Women."

Aggies HC Kevin Sumlin handed down the punishments, which included 20 hours of community service, to OL coach Jim Turner and special-teams coordinator/TE coach Jeff Banks. This is Turner's second brush with infamy. The Dolphins' OL coach during the Jonathan Martin hazing scandal was fired by Miami in February 2014 for "poor judgment." Thursday's controversy revolves around a song that was in poor taste. "We want to sincerely apologize to the passionate Aggie fans and to women everywhere for our failed attempt at humor during this week's Aggie football Chalk Talk and fundraiser," the coaches said in a joint statement.
Source: ESPN
Sat, Jul 30, 2016 02:22:00 PM

Texas A&M disciplined WR coach Aaron Moorehead following his Twitter tantrum on the heels of QB Tate Martell's de-commitment.

Moorehead's tirade -- "I feel sorry for ppl who never understand loyalty," he in part wrote of Martell -- had very real consequences. Four-star wide receiver Mannie Netherly announced he'd decided not to attend Texas A&M because of Moorehead's behavior. Kevin Sumlin said the details of Moorehead's punishment will remain in house.
Mon, May 9, 2016 10:19:00 PM

At the end of Monday's practice session, Texas A&M HC Kevin Sumlin indicated he's looking for increased offensive tempo, saying, "We were really fast today and I don’t think it was fast enough."

"We’re moving very quickly and that’s a good thing," Sumlin said, adding, "We’ve got guys that have been used to a fast tempo. I think it helps us. That’s who we are. We’re better off doing that. We were practicing like that today." Last season, the Aggies offense hit a mid-season wall known as "Alabama" and the wheels fell off down the stretch. The whole implosion eventually led to the transfers of highly-talented quarterbacks Kyle Allen and Kyler Murray. Sumlin's preaching a new page for understandable reasons. Despite the disastrous finish to the season, there's still offensive talent on the roster. If A&M can draw reliable quarterback play out of Trevor Knight or Jake Hubenak, they might look like a real college football team entering the 2016 campaign. Stay tuned.
Source: ESPN.com
Fri, Mar 4, 2016 10:53:00 PM

Texas A&M and the Indianapolis Colts have reached a settlement in a copyright dispute over the phrase "12th Man."

Texas A&M filed a lawsuit against the Colts in November alleging that Indianapolis was infringing on their "12th Man" trademark. Aggies spokesman Shane Hinckley said in a statement that the matter "has been settled amicably and with good will." The Aggies have also previously lashed out at the Seahawks and similarly reached an earlier settlement there. They trademarked the phrase in 1990.
Source: ESPN.com
Thu, Feb 18, 2016 05:21:00 PM

Texas A&M has hired Washington AD Scott Woodward to serve in the same capacity.

Woodward's slated to remain with the Huskies through the end of January before taking over the A&M gig for the resigning Eric Hyman. He had been Washington's athletic director for the last eight seasons. In a released statement, the Louisiana native said, "I can promise the Aggie faithful that we will compete for championships across the board and we will do so with integrity, class and a commitment to our student-athletes. I couldn’t be more excited to get started." For its part, Washington will be naming an interim AD in the coming days.
Sat, Jan 9, 2016 04:54:00 PM

Texas A&M is suing the Indianapolis Colts for their alleged infringement on the copyright of the "12th Man."

In 2006, the Aggies first asked the Colts to stop using their trademarked "12th Man" slogan. Texas A&M sent a cease-and-desist letter in that instance, which resulted in neither ceasing nor desisting by the Colts. Far from it--the Colts subsequently retired the "12th Man" to their ring of honor in 2008. At which point, A&M again informed the Colts that, oops, infringement. The NFL franchise most recently sent out an email telling prospective season ticket holders to "Join the 12th Man" in July of 2015. One of those emails landed in the in-box of a College Station resident, who passed along the bit to the university, which then levied the lawsuit. The Aggies have defended their trademark with vigor, also jumping on the Seahawks in 2006 (big year for trademark infringement). Ultimately, Seattle agreed to pay $5,000 a year for licensing rights.
Source: ESPN.com
Fri, Nov 13, 2015 10:59:00 PM

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that three college coaches are open to potential NFL Jobs.

Rap Sheet thinks Brian Kelly (Notre Dame), Kevin Sumlin (Texas A&M) and Jim Mora (UCLA) would seriously consider a move if the right opportunity presented itself. While the reporter noted the general interest of Sumlin (no NFL experience) and Mora (a whole lot of it), he had a juicy rumor to pass along about Kelly. "He's had a lot of success (at Notre Dame) and continues to have some success," Rapoport wrote. "If you want to pair him with a potential opening, when I talked to general managers around the league, the place they believe he fits: The New York Giants, if they decide to make a change."
Source: NFL.com
Sun, Oct 25, 2015 06:52:00 PM