A year has made a pretty big difference in the life of the Texas A&M football program and its coach. According to Kevin Sumlin, other schools’ negative talking points have changed on the recruiting trail since the Aggies surprisingly went 11-2 with a Heisman-winning quarterback running the show:
“I’m amazed in one year how people want to flip the situation we have here. A year ago, we were a team moving into a league we didn’t know anything about — the toughest league in the country. We had a bunch of coaches from smaller schools, and we were going to run a gimmick offense, and they were telling guys that we were going to get killed.
A year later, the recruiting pitch out there right now against is, ‘You can’t play there, they’ve got good players. And their coach is going to the NFL.’ I think it’s funny either way.”
Sumlin said he has had “plenty of opportunities” to coach in the professional ranks “as an assistant coach and even as a head coach.” The coach said told The San Antonio News-Express that didn’t leave this offseason because “by no means have we arrived” as a program.
According to TexAgs.com, Sumlin was offered the head coaching position with the Philadelphia Eagles. Bruce Feldman of CBSSports.com reports that the coach “was actually pursued by three NFL teams this past winter.”
TexAgs.com also claims that Auburn offered its head coaching slot to Sumlin before landing Gus Malzahn.
“My family likes living here and I like living here,” Sumlin said. “Heck, we just got here.” But… “Those (NFL) discussions I hope come up all of the time. Because as long as they do, we’re doing something right.”