Posted December 31, 2013

Report: Kevin Sumlin declines NFL interview requests to stay at Texas A&M

Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M Aggies
Kevin Sumlin

Kevin Sumlin has reportedly declined NFL interviews and will stay at Texas A&M. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin agreed to a contract extension last month, but many continued to speculate about whether he would really stick around College Station. According to a report from ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, he’s doing exactly that..

Sources told Mortensen that Sumlin has declined to interview with NFL teams and will honor the new six-year, $30 million contract the school announced on Nov. 30. Sumlin will finish his second season with the Aggies in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Tuesday night. He already spurned interest from USC before the Trojans’ ultimately hired Steve Sarkisian.

Sumlin’s name had been connected to several NFL openings after he led Texas A&M to an 11-2 record in 2012, the program’s debut season in the SEC. A July report even stated that he the Eagles had offered him a job prior to the franchise hiring Chip Kelly. ESPN’s report says Sumlin is staunchly committed to the Aggies.

An NFL source insists Sumlin is open to coaching a select professional team or two, but a source close to Sumlin said, “That’s 100 percent not true and it has no chance of happening. Zero.”

Sumlin is 19-6 in two seasons at Texas A&M. Prior to arriving in College Station, he led Houston to a school-record 12 wins and its highest finish in the BCS rankings in 2011.

20 comments
Robert96
Robert96

Way to go Sumlin...................you are the state of  Texas in every way. We love you.......and embrace you.............thanks for being here.

nosemanwvu
nosemanwvu

I hope the Redskins interview somebody ridiculous just to bypass the Rooney Rule this year and make a complete mockery of it.  What's Ray Rhodes doing right now??

nosemanwvu
nosemanwvu

no idea who really wants him at this point.  Tannehill was a Top 10 draft pick and they stunk with him, and he's still got 4 losses with a returning Heisman winner at QB.  It's not like he's excelling at the college level.


He just seems like a justifiable candidate for teams to bypass the Rooney Rule and go get the white coach that they REALLY want.  Sumlin is probably aware of this and just wants to be left out.

Paulo_S
Paulo_S

Is Sumlin a good coach? What makes people think he is? Let's see what happens to A&M without Manziel. I suspect they will drop to a sub 0.500 team. 

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

After last night I don't think he has to worry about the NFL. He does however need to learn more about defense.

muser
muser

A wise man...

PhillyPenn
PhillyPenn

This is killing some teams Rooney Rule requirements

mystafugee
mystafugee

Sumlin's stock is dropping as we speak.  

RickDyson
RickDyson

Integrity in college football, how rare. But very welcome

Charles38
Charles38

Let's see how he does without Johnny Manziel???

Matthew W
Matthew W

He likes where he's at. Good for him.

davegoldberg84
davegoldberg84

@ChrisBurke_SI Sumlin also candidate for token Rooney rule compliance. Though,more legit than some. Coordinator tokens abound.

Frotoon
Frotoon

Why is it that when some people hear about a black coach interviewing for another job, all you think about is the Rooney Rule? 

nosemanwvu
nosemanwvu

@Paulo_S Heck, even with Manziel, A&M is gonna finish at 9-4 after barely squeaking by Duke.  Who is sitting back saying, "I want THAT guy"?

Sportsfan18
Sportsfan18

@RickDyson honor it this year, but six yrs is a long time.  and what if A&M falls to like 7 & 5 without Johnny?


I'm not sure how Johnny will do in the NFL but there is no doubt he was a great college QB.


Part, not all, of the fall of Texas and Mack Brown was the lack of good QB play for the past 3 to 4 yrs, ever since Colt McCoy left for the Cleveland Browns.


Sumlin does not have the backlog/track record that Mack did at Texas to survive say a rough 3 to 4 yrs in a row.


A&M is adding on to their stadium as we speak to enlarge it to seat OVER 100,000 fans.  It will be only one of like 5 or 6 in the nation that is able to do that.


If those new seats aren't filled, Sumlin is gonna listen to the NFL pitch down the road.

Aggie81
Aggie81

@Charles38 

Let's see...   QB Hill (Southlake Carroll (State 5A Champ 2011) is already on the roster, and Allen High School QB  M(urray (Junior) and just completed their second state 5A championship will probably follow in his father's foot steps and commit to A&M.  Both of which are dual threat quarterbacks...


So NO worries at QB for the next several years !!!!



Sportsfan18
Sportsfan18

@Aggie81 @Charles38   There ARE plenty of highly rated high school QB's that enter college ball each fall and it's NOT like EACH of them excels.


Now they may tear it up, but one should NOT count their chickens before the eggs hatch.