Sumlin brushes off talk that he’ll leave Texas A&M for the NFL

AP

Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin is one of the hottest names in the coaching profession, hot enough that if the Eagles hadn’t been able to lure Chip Kelly away from Oregon, they were hoping to hire Sumlin.

But Sumlin says he plans to stay right where he is.

In an interview with Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports, Sumlin brushed off speculation that he would leave for the NFL any time soon, saying he loves college and loves being a part of the development of young men.

“I was lucky to grow up in a two-parent home and a lot of the guys I deal with now don’t have that,” he said. “Winning is important but it’s really important to impact people’s lives. That’s the reason I love college football for some crazy reason. From 18-23, 24, you have guys who go through a lot and you can help develop them not just as players but as men. And I think that’s really important right now.”

Like Kelly, Sumlin has no NFL experience at all. But if Kelly succeeds with the Eagles, NFL owners may start looking for the next Chip Kelly. And no matter how much Sumlin loves coaching in college, it’s entirely possible that some NFL owner will make him the kind of offer that he’ll love even more.

18 responses to “Sumlin brushes off talk that he’ll leave Texas A&M for the NFL

  1. Ok I’m sold, you can have the Lions job now. Bring that QB with you too. A man with a plan and a man that can execute on that plan would be a nice combo. It’s worthy for an interview at least to see what this guy is all about.

  2. He will be the coach of the Jets next year. Draft Johnny Football and basically the Tom Brady story will be re-lived.

  3. He will either coach the Cowboys, Raiders or Jets- if he decides to leave…
    Already a good hire if you ask me..

  4. As soon as he comes out with “it’s not about the money”- Summlin with then go to the highest offer he can squeeze out of some idiot owner.

  5. illiniftw says:
    Jul 3, 2013 3:54 PM
    Seems to take a NCAA investigation to get the top college coaches to jump to the NFL
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    Well, they certainly do not jump for the money any more. In the end though, few coaches reach that level without a bit of an ego and that is what causes them to want to be on the big stage.

  6. “Like Kelly, Sumlin has no NFL experience at all. But if Kelly succeeds with the Eagles, NFL owners may start looking for the next Chip Kelly.” This already happened with Jimmy Johnson. It goes in cycles.

  7. Just once, I want to hear a college coach say, “Heck yeah, I can’t wait to leave this rat trap for $5M a year plus….”

  8. I know, I know! You’ll cringe when I mention “Jim Harbaugh” and his success in the NFL since leaving the college ranks. So…I won’t.

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