With the dismissal of Mike Sherman as head coach of the Aggies made official today, rumors have begun to swirl around the head man of the only team in Division 1 football that remains undefeated, Kevin Sumlin of the Houston Cougars.
Prior to the Aggies firing Sherman, Sumlin addressed the media during his weekly press conference this past Tuesday. When Sumlin was asked about his name coming up in numerous reports to supplant head coaching vacancies at UCLA, Arizona State and even Penn State, Sumlin said, “Nobody has talked to me all year. This week, we’re so far into it, I didn’t even realize that half the people had stopped playing. I got a bunch of text messages from coaches who were let go at other programs and responded to them. No one has contacted me from anywhere in the country about a coaching job and even if they tried at this point, I wouldn’t even talk to them because we’re in the middle of the season.”
It’s so easy to take those words and run with them, but the truth is, whether it’s Kevin Sumlin, a head football coach in the NFL or a politician, one thing generally remains the same, when their lips move, their most certainly lying…especially when the subject matter involves a better job opportunity.
You can’t fault Sumlin for wanting to take the next step. Isn’t that one of the reasons why we all put in the hard work in our jobs or profession?
Every man wants to take care of his family and look out for his/her best interest. Unfortunately, more times than not, head coaches in either college or at the professional level, you can’t please everybody.
The University of Houston needs Kevin Sumlin, he’s taken the football program to places they’ve never been before, he’s brought a level of passion the university hasn’t had in the football program, since Andre Ware was quarterbacking for the Cougars in the late 1980’s.
If Sumlin leaves, which I would assume he does if in fact the reports are true, that the Aggies have Sumlin as their top candidate to replace Sherman, then I have faith in AD Mack Rhoades to bring in a guy that guy continue what former Sumlin, along with the man who came before him, Art Briles helped begin.
That is the question.
Art Briles, left the Cougars 2 days after they accepted their invite to play in the Texas Bowl opposite TCU in 2007. While that team wasn’t in line to go to a BCS game when he decided to leave Houston for Baylor, he didn’t see his job through all the way.
Many coaches don’t.
Would you expect any different form Sumlin if he gets an offer from the Aggies?
Does it matter that the Cougars aren’t vying for an invite to the Texas Bowl, the Armed forces bowl or a Liberty Bowl invite, instead a chance to play in a Sugar Bowl?
We’ll find out sooner, rather than later.