UH Coach Kevin Sumlin Jumps Ship For A&M
After a week of trying to appear uninterested in the head coaching job at Texas A&M, University of Houston coach Kevin Sumlin has resigned from UH, and he's moving back to Aggieland to take that job.
Sumlin was hired Saturday, less than two weeks after Mike Sherman was fired following a disappointing 6-6 finish.
This will be Sumlin's second stint at A&M. He was an assistant under former head coach R.C. Slocum in 2001-02.
Sumlin's prolific no-huddle offense made Houston a major power in Conference USA, and now he has to duplicate that success in the Southeastern Conference, the country's toughest college football league.
The Aggies are scheduled to play Northwestern (also 6-6) in the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Houston on Dec. 31, with defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter serving as interim coach.
It will be the Aggies' last game as a Big 12 team before moving to the SEC next season.
The Cougars (12-1) play Penn State (9-3) in the Ticket City Bowl in Dallas on Jan. 2 with assistant Tony Levine serving as interim head coach.
Details of Sumlin's contract haven't been announced, but you can bet A&M will pay him millions of dollars to turn the Aggies into serious national contenders.
Welcome to the lopsided world of Division One college football, where coaches are paid millions of dollars to coach and mentor players who are forbidden to even let someone else pay for lunch.