By Zac Ellis
Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin impressed more than a few onlookers after leading the Aggies to an 11-2 record during his debut season at the helm in 2012. Apparently, that line of thinking extended as far as the NFL. Sumlin told the San Antonio Express-News that he’s already had several opportunities to make the jump to the pros — perhaps even as the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.
“I don’t have to say anything,” Sumlin said in response to his name being associated with future pro jobs. “Everybody knows what I do (now). I’ve never coached in the NFL. I’ve had plenty of opportunities to do that, both as an assistant coach and even as a head coach. But there’s a reason I coach college football, and we’ve got a lot of work to do here. We’re still playing catch-up, and we finished third in the SEC West last year (behind Alabama and LSU). By no means have we arrived.”
TexAgs.com co-owner and A&M insider Billy Liucci told the Express-News that the Eagles offered Sumlin their head-coaching job before finally reaching a deal with former Oregon coach Chip Kelly. Auburn also reportedly sought Sumlin for its then-vacant coaching position before ultimately bringing back Gus Malzahn.