It was another interesting weekend of college football. Rivalries were won and lost, the playoffs are still not finalized and the coaching game of duck-duck-goose was in full effect, and that included at College Station, Texas, where the Texas A&M Aggies decided to part ways with their head coach, Kevin Sumlin.
Sumlin was at the helm of the team for six seasons, amassing a record of 51-26 during his tenure. He coached players such as Mike Evans, Myles Garrett and Johnny Manziel, but it was his SEC conference record that appeared to be the undoing of Sumlin as the University. Going 25-23, including a 45-21 blowout at the hands of LSU on Saturday, was something that the school could not overlook.
“Kevin’s tenure included some remarkable achievements and he leaves our program as one of the winningest football coaches in our storied history,” said athletic director Scott Woodward in a statement. “Kevin made us a better all-around football program and led our program with dignity and character. He’s a first-class person.”
“Our expectations at A&M are very high. We believe that we should compete for SEC championships on an annual basis and, at times, national championships. I believe that we need a new coach to take us there. On behalf of Aggies everywhere, my thanks to Kevin and his family for his service to Texas A&M. I wish him the very best.”
The school, per Woodward, will honor Sumlin’s contract of $10.4 million, which called for him to coach through 2019.