Entering the 2017 season, Texas A&M football coach Kevin Sumlin was on the hot seat.
Now, following Sunday night’s epic collapse against the UCLA Bruins, it’s safe to say that the head coach’s seat is hotter than ever.
On Sunday night, the Aggies made the trip to the Rose Bowl to take on UCLA. At one point in the second half, Texas A&M held a 44-10 lead and appeared ready to cruise to victory.
However, Josh Rosen had other plans.
The Bruins signal-caller threw for four fourth quarter touchdowns as UCLA rattled off 35 straight points to come away with a 45-44 victory. The final touchdown came when Rosen faked a spike and tossed a perfect pass into the endzone to cap off the remarkable comeback.
After the game, emotions were high and the Texas A&M fan base was in disbelief of what they just saw. That led to one Texas A&M regent taking to social media to vent.
The regent, Tony Buzbee, a Texas-based attorney, wrote a lengthy and scathing rant on Facebook that called for the firing of Sumlin. It read:
I’m sure I may be criticized for this post but I honestly don’t care. I’ve been on the Board of Regents for the A&M System for almost seven years. During that time, I’ve not once commented on Kevin Sumlin and his performance during his tenure at our school. I never said a word when he and his agent manipulated a much bigger and longer contract. I said nothing about his arrogance and his mishandling of multiple player controversies. I said nothing when we had multiple awesome recruiting classes, only to see key players leave our school or underperform.
But tonight I am very disappointed and I have to say this. Kevin Sumlin was out-coached tonight, which isn’t new. He recruits well, but can’t coach the big games, or the close games. Our players were better tonight. Our players were more talented tonight. But our coaches were dominated on national TV, yet again. I’m only one vote on the Board of Regents but when the time comes my vote will be that Kevin Sumlin needs to GO. In my view he should go now. We owe it to our school and our players. We can do better.
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A number of Texas A&M regents likely feel the same way, especially after watching the team collapse before their very eyes on the national stage.
As for Sumlin, he will need to turn things around fast if he has any hope of surviving the entire season.
The Aggies return to action on Saturday, Sept. 9 against Nicholls State at Kyle Field. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPNU.
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