Kevin Sumlin’s days at Texas A&M are numbered, at least that’s the opinion from Yahoo columnist Pat Forde.
In his latest column, the analyst broke down some of the country’s hot-seat situations. As part of his analysis, Forde produced interesting commentary about Sumlin and Arkansas coach Bret Bielema. To Forde, Sumlin “seems” to be done at Texas A&M, regardless of how the Aggies finish in the season’s closing weeks.
And Forde considers Arkansas to be a possible landing spot for Sumlin, if the Razorbacks move past Bielema.
Here’s more from Forde’s piece:
Kevin Sumlin (35), Texas A&M. Yes, he could finish the season 9-3 – though that would require a complete reversal of recent November collapses. But regardless of record, it seems Sumlin’s time at A&M is done. The ugly fallout from that season-opening loss to UCLA pushed both sides to the breaking point. A guy with an 84-41 record and excellent recruiting ties in Texas will find another Power Five job. Wait for it.
Bret Bielema (36), Arkansas. The buyout is big, and Bielema began an attempted salvage of this season Saturday with a huge comeback to beat Mississippi. But the big man is just 11-26 in SEC play, 1-4 this year, and a losing season in year five might spur the Arkansas hierarchy to pay the money to start over. If so, this could be another potential landing spot for Sumlin.
It remains to be seen how the situations at Arkansas and Texas A&M will shake out. Both teams have gone through struggles this year. The Razorbacks are 3-5 and had lost three straight games before beating Ole Miss 38-37 last Saturday in Oxford. The Aggies are 5-3, but they’re coming off a rough 35-14 loss to Mississippi State last Saturday in College Station.
Arkansas could be an intriguing situation for Sumlin, given his recruiting ties in Texas. He wouldn’t be far from the talent-rich Lone Star State, and he would feel less heat in Fayetteville than he does at College Station, at least at the start.
It will be fascinating to watch how the coaching landscape at Arkansas and Texas A&M shakes out.