Just a few weeks after Kevin Sumlin seemed to have finally gotten himself off the hot seat, the Texas A&M head coach reportedly could be coaching for his job once again.
USA Today’s Dan Wolken reported Thursday that sentiments in College Station had swung against Sumlin. The shift is so drastic that his chances to keep his job are apparently comparable to Texas head coach Charlie Strong’s.
“Heading into this weekend,” Wolken said, “three people with strong connections to the college coaching industry told USA TODAY Sports they believe the chances of Charlie Strong remaining at Texas next season and Kevin Sumlin coming back to Texas A&M are roughly equal as they embark on massive games down the stretch.”
Wolken implied those odds were probably “50-50 or slightly higher for both coaches.”
Sumlin’s and Strong’s paths seemed to be diverging earlier in the season. As of Oct. 8, Texas A&M was 6-0 while Texas was 2-3. Since then, however, the Longhorns have rebounded to get to 5-5. The Aggies have lost three of their last four and two straight against Mississippi State and Ole Miss.
That recent dip has the pressure on Sumlin once again. According to Wolken, “Texas A&M’s boosters are once again asking questions about a late-season slide and why Sumlin remains a middle-of-the-pack coach despite his $5 million salary,” Wolken said.
Both teams face critical games to end the season. The Aggies face UTSA in a tune-up game before hosting LSU on Thanksgiving. The Longhorns play at Kansas this week and then play TCU at home on Black Friday to close the season.