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Texas A&M gave Kevin Sumlin a raise to ward off NFL interest

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As eight NFL head-coaching vacancies led to scores of names being mentioned as candidates to fill those vacancies, one name we didn’t hear was that of Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin. But Texas A&M was concerned enough about NFL interest that Sumlin was able to get a raise out of it.

Bruce Feldman of CBS reports that Sumlin, who went 11-2 in his first season at A&M, has agreed in principle to a new five-year contract that includes a salary increase. According to the report, interest from three NFL teams and one major university led A&M to act to keep Sumlin in the fold.

Like new Eagles coach Chip Kelly, Sumlin has no NFL experience but is viewed at the college level as one of the best offensive minds in the game. Before getting the job at A&M a year ago, Sumlin led the University of Houston to a 12-1 record in 2011, and he had success as an offensive coordinator at Oklahoma before getting the Houston job.

So although it didn’t happen this year, don’t be surprised if Sumlin’s name is mentioned in connection with NFL coaching vacancies again in the future. Especially when Sumlin knows that’s a good way to get a raise.

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11 Responses to “Texas A&M gave Kevin Sumlin a raise to ward off NFL interest”
  1. travel4football says: Jan 19, 2013 3:36 PM

    Kevin Sumlin – next Cowboys HC?

  2. delmonte55 says: Jan 19, 2013 3:40 PM

    I don’t think any of us would turn down a raise.

  3. mp4philly says: Jan 19, 2013 4:22 PM

    He’s black. Probably wouldn’t have been hired by an NFL team.

  4. karlton3 says: Jan 19, 2013 4:26 PM

    Tony Dungy thinks Texas A&M is racist for stopping the NFL from hiring minority coaches by giving them raises to stay in college.

  5. bradybbgoat says: Jan 19, 2013 5:05 PM

    I don’t care what color he is, the guy has proven he can flat out coach. Not many could have stepped into the SEC in their first year with a school and had the success he did.

    NFL teams should keep a close eye on him.

  6. nflovercollegefb says: Jan 19, 2013 5:09 PM

    This guy is the real deal, has a bright future ahead of him wether he stays in college or gets a good pro offer.

    I could see Jerruh going after him after the 2013 season and doing everything humanly possible to get Johnny Football as well.

  7. parkerfly says: Jan 19, 2013 5:23 PM

    I agree this guy is the real deal, but I really don’t think we’d be talking about him if not for Johnny Manziel.

  8. houstontexans99 says: Jan 19, 2013 6:11 PM

    According to a “league source” the eagles tried to get him after chip said no the first time. As an Aggie I would hate to see him leave us. Money will not be the issue, his ambition to prove himself at the next level may be.

  9. oldbyrd says: Jan 19, 2013 8:55 PM

    Wouldn’t have been hired because he’s black…..Boy is that crap getting old!!!

  10. dalucks says: Jan 19, 2013 8:56 PM

    That sounds nice but in reality, when he wants to leave there is always a buyout clause somewhere.

  11. jonslaugh18 says: Jan 20, 2013 5:07 AM

    I don’t see it. He’s a great college football coach but I can’t see him in the NFL. His offense is strictly based on the spread. I saw Manziel under center no more than 5 times this year. Did the same thing at UH.

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