Kevin Sumlin is officially out as Texas A&M football coach.
On Sunday afternoon, the Aggies announced that the head coach has been relieved of his duties after falling to LSU on Saturday. The loss to the Tigers dropped Texas A&M to 7-5 on the season.
Jeff Banks, the Aggies’ special teams coordinator, will serve as interim head coach for the team’s bowl game.
If Texas A&M comes away with a win in the postseason, it will be the program’s fourth consecutive 8-5 campaign.
That was not enough for Sumlin to keep his job in the competitive SEC.
Now that the Aggies have a head coaching vacancy, expect a number of high-profile candidates to emerge. One name that has been receiving buzz in recent weeks is Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher.
Texas A&M athletic director Scott Woodward previously served in the same role at LSU. During his tenure in Baton Rouge, Tigers athletic programs claimed ten national titles, including the 2003 national championship in football when Fisher was serving as offensive coordinator under Nick Saban.
It will be interesting to see whether the Aggies can lure Fisher from Tallahassee after a disappointing season for the Seminoles.