The feud between Arkansas coach Bret Bielema and Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury reached its next logical step Tuesday, with Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin weighing in.
Sumlin was always going to be caught in the middle, given Kingsbury’s ties (he was Johnny Manziel’s offensive coordinator in 2012) to the school and that his Aggies are next up on Bielema’s schedule. Kingsbury also offered a prediction for the outcome of that game during his rant, saying, “He just got his ass kicked twice in a row and probably next week by A&M as well.”
Kingsbury was upset because of comments Bielema made at a Texas high school coaches convention during the summer. Bielema fired back at him Monday.
“Maybe I’ll referee at the (Texas High School Coaches Association) convention next year,” Sumlin said, according to Jimmy Burch of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I know both those guys.”
As for Kingsbury’s prognostication, Sumlin deftly sidestepped any further controversy. He also didn’t try to take the side of his former offensive coordinator, either.
“What’s going on between those (two) is between those (two),” Sumlin said, according to Kate Hairopoulous of the Dallas Morning News.
That doesn’t mean the Aggies coaching staff wasn’t paying attention to how Kingsbury’s crew attacked Arkansas on the field, though. Offensive coordinator Jake Spavital said there were some things to glean from the Red Raiders’ 35-24 victory over the Razorbacks.
Sumlin on Kingsbury/Bielema: "Maybe I'll referee at the THSCA convention next year. I know both those guys."
— Jimmy Burch (@Jimmy_Burch) September 22, 2015
Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin on Kliff Kingsbury predicting "win" over Arkansas. "What's going on between those 2 is between those 2."
— Kate Hairopoulos (@khairopoulos) September 22, 2015
Spavital said he can take some stuff that Tech was able to do against Arkansas, mentioned how Kingsbury used Tech’s speed.
— Aggie Sports (@Aggie_Sports) September 22, 2015