Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin ushered the Aggies into the SEC in 2012.
Led by Johnny Manziel and Mike Evans, Texas A&M shocked the conference with an 11-2 record, including a 29-24 win at No. 1 Alabama. The team finished the season ranked No. 5. Manziel became the first freshman ever to win a Heisman Trophy. And the excitement generated by that season helped the team finance a Kyle Field renovation that cost somewhere in the vicinity of half a billion dollars.
Sumlin, an Air Raid disciple, continued to lead one of the SEC’s most exciting offenses. Texas A&M averaged 44.2 points per game in 2013, fifth in the country. But the defense ranked 96th in the nation, allowing almost as many points as the Aggies scored.
Texas A&M eventually lured defensive coordinator John Chavis from LSU, one of the SEC’s all-time greats. Sumlin used the team’s cool factor (and “Swagcopter”) to recruit a talented armada of quarterbacks and pass-catchers to College Station, Texas. But three touted quarterbacks transferred out of the program within a period of months.
Since that first magical season, Sumlin’s teams have finished 9-4, 8-5, 8-5 and 8-5. Worse, Sumlin is 7-9 in November, as his teams habitually have faded late in the season. On the positive side, the drama of 2015 ushered in stability and togetherness among the players and staff.
Sumlin reportedly earned about $5 million in 2016. His overall record at Texas A&M is 44-21.
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