By TERRANCE HARRIS, SportsRadio 610

HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – For the second time in four years, Texas A&M’s national search for a football coach has ended 115 miles down the road in Houston.

This time sources are confirming to SportsRadio 610 that University of Houston head coach Kevin Sumlin will be named to replace Mike Sherman in the next 24 hours.

Sumlin, however, denied that he has taken or been offered the Texas A&M job after his Cougars were upset, 49-28, by Southern Miss during Saturday’s Conference USA Championship Game at Robertson Stadium. The No.6 Cougars (12-1) lost for the first time this season and blew any chance of making the school’s first BCS bowl after Saturday’s loss.

“That is not true,” Sumlin said when asked if he had agreed to take the Aggies job. “I said two weeks ago that I wasn’t going to talk to anybody period until after the football season.

“Many of the things that have written before have turned out to be false,” Sumlin continued in reference to speculation during the week that he had been offered the Arizona State job. “I’ve been consistent with that so there is nothing to it.”

Sumlin also said there was no chance he could be named the Aggies next coach within the next 24 hours.

“I haven’t said anything to anybody,” Sumlin said.

And while UH athletic director Mack Rhoades spoke glowingly about what Sumlin has done for the program and his desire to keep the fourth-year head coach around around he sounded at times like a man who knew he would be conducting a coaching search soon.

“I’m optimistic, but you control what you can control,” Rhoades said following the championship game. “I continue to say I would much rather have a coach that everybody wants than one that doesn’t.

“He’s done a terrific job. I like where our program is and we will continue to work at it.”

“We are going to move forward and keep working as hard as we’ve been working,” Rhoades also said. “This is a great place.”

Rhoades was asked if he would get together to talk with Sumlin up upgrading his current contract as both men said last week, and the athletic director did say the two would talk but didn’t give a time frame. That seems odd because with the attention Sumlin has received it would seem a meeting would be a priority either later Saturday or no later than Sunday.

Sources continued to confirm later Saturday that Sumlin is indeed the Aggies man.

Sumlin has been linked to both the Arizona State and A&M jobs this week, but ASU apparently pulled out Friday once it became obvious Sumlin was taking the Aggies job.

Four years ago, Texas A&M athletic director Bill Byrne conducted a national search to replace Dennis Franchione and returned with Sherman, who was the Houston Texans offensive coordinator at the time, within 72 hours.

Comments (26)
  1. RJ says:

    Have fun. Just blew $17m for CUSA.

  2. unperson says:

    I blame the coogfan mods for our loss to USM.

  3. Texansinnj says:

    If A&M hires this guy they are proving once again they are idiots.

  4. matt says:

    The dude has never even won a C-USA championship, he has no chance at winning the SEC

  5. Rick says:

    The chronicle says this report is false.

  6. koadoc says:

    Terrance Harris name your source, because right your journalistic integrity is at stake. You better be able to prove this.

    1. Koadoc,

      Trust that I reported this and got it from a few reliable sources. But obviously it appears things have changed.I believe the outcome of the C-USA Championship Game may have soured some of the decision makers. I stand by the story as being accurate when I reported it. Please know I was the first and only reporter in the press conference to ask Sumlin about the rumor and I reported what he said and what the athletic director said.

      As for naming my sources, that would kill my credibility. But know that as a journalist, I work extremely hard not be wrong. But let’s stay tuned and see how this works out.

  7. notafanoflazywriters says:

    Terrance Harris has never HAD any journalistic integrity. Used to be the A&M beat writer at the Chronicle but got fired. Lazy writer who’d miss hoops games in CS but then file reports as if he’d been there — but had just listened to the post-game conference online. Just ask Carlton Thompson.

    1. Please, let’s ask Carlton about that one. I believe you have me confused with an Aggie on another beat … LOL! Please know I love my career and take it very seriously. There has never been a day I haven’t worked my absolutely hardest to tell the best and most accurate stories.

    2. And for the record I was never fired from the Houston Chronicle. After the Chronicle stopped covering both Big 12 beats with its own writers, I actually moved on to pretty good job with AOL FanHouse covering the Big 12 and national colleges. Was there until the operation closed this past winter. Now I have a great opportunity with 610 Sports Radio. I can definitely take the shots but if you are going to ding me for being inaccurate at least have the facts straight please.

  8. Garry Thomason says:

    They should go for Charlie Strong who is known for his defense. Everybody knows that in the SEC defense wins games.

  9. Donkey Punch says:

    Its been 24 hours and he has not been named? Should the title of this story change?

  10. Houstonnative says:

    This is pure bogus journalism, will not be listening to sports 610 nor reading this site anymore…this could have had, scratch,
    Did have an impact on the feeling of the fan base around campus. You should publically apologize for writing this in your own hometown. And shame on 610 radio for further following this report.

  11. Lopez SUX says:

    BEEN 24 HOURS…… guess you’re F.O.S.!!!!!!

  12. reportthefacts says:

    Terrance – You may have received this info from a reliable source but the information was flat wrong as he has not been named yet and may not be named. “To Be Named Texas A&M Coach Within 24 Hours.” Thus, I believe your credibility is blown.

  13. John says:

    This story was an epic fail. Way to go 610…NOT

  14. t sip fan says:

    610 should be sued! You are what’s wrong with America!

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