Texas A&M Aggies head football coach Kevin Sumlin has been a hot name among college coaches who could make the jump to the NFL, but it’s always seemed like Sumlin has been more interested in staying with the Aggies and honoring the recent extension he signed to remain with the storied university. Teams such as the Washington Redskins and Houston Texans have been linked to Sumlin at various points, and both still have vacancies to fill (though the Texans are close to hiring a different college coach in Bill O’Brien, who is an even hotter name on the open market).
According to sources close to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen , Kevin Sumlin will indeed stay with Texas A&M instead of bolting for the NFL, and he will honor the extension that he signed on the final day of November. One source in the NFL told Mortensen that there are one or two teams in the NFL that catch Sumlin’s eye, but a source close to Sumlin told Mort that this is unequivocally false.
At this point, nobody should expect Sumlin to coach in the NFL for another few years, because he seems perfectly content in College Station. Still, the overtures will continue, and anything could happen. I am 99.9% sure that he’s going to stay with the Aggies for at least another year, but we’ll see if things change in 2014. I don’t see that happening, though, as Sumlin sounds extremely committed to staying at the school and has already rejected a few NFL teams and high-profile college programs, most prominently USC, over the past couple of months.
Sumlin is such a great coach and so highly valued by Texas A&M that he is making $5 million a year and has a contract that essentially guarantees that he won’t be fired during the tenure of his deal.