The Texas A&M football program will be under new direction when the season kicks off next year. Or so the rumor goes. According to the Houston Chronicle, several people with insider information are saying that Sumlin will be let go as the Aggies head coach following their regular season finale against LSU.
Despite being two-touchdown underdogs, an upset victory wouldn’t be enough to save his job.
The Aggies have been good, but not great under Coach Sumlin. They went 11-2 in his first season with Johnny Manziel as their quarterback, but they’ve failed to post double-digit’s in the win column since then.
While meeting with the media, Sumlin says he expects to remain the head coach of the team for the foreseeable future.
“Why wouldn’t I?” he told a reporter when asked if he expected to return as head coach. When confronted with the whispers circulating about his impending release, he said “I haven’t heard that.”
The Aggies have been on a downward trajectory since Sumlin went 11-2, finishing 9-4 the next season, going 8-5 the next three seasons, and sitting at 7-4 this season.
A win against LSU would go a long way towards saving his job, as would a win in a bowl game against a quality opponent. But ultimately, the Aggies athletic department is intent on bringing home a National Championship.
If they don’t think Sumlin is the man to do it, they’ll move on.