Of all the football coaches in the SEC, Kevin Sumlin seems to be the one most squarely on the hot seat. At least, in the minds of Texas A&M fans.
For the second month in a row, Sumlin was lowest in the SEC Country Approval Poll Rating. Plus, he came in at 51. 7 percent — the lowest rating yet among SEC coaches.
The Aggies’ spring game didn’t provide an answer at quarterback. And on the May 15 SEC coaches teleconference, Sumlin said he didn’t expect to name a starter until just before the Aggies open their season at UCLA on Sept. 3.
The Aggies started the 2016 season 7-1, but Trevor Knight’s shoulder injury led to a 1-4 finish. The Aggies lost their last two games, to LSU and Kansas State, even with Knight back in the lineup.
Now the Aggies must replace Knight — but there isn’t an apparent equivalent available. Jake Hubenak has starting experience, but Texas A&M struggled when he started last season. Kellen Mond was a 4-star recruit and a dual-threat prospect, but he is a freshman.
He also saw a number of Texas A&M’s most talented players in the 2017 NFL Draft. Myles Garrett was the No. 1 overall pick, and former Aggies were selected in the second, third, fourth and fifth rounds.
Sumlin reportedly was paid about $5 million in 2016. His record at Texas A&M is 44-21.
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The SEC Country approval rating poll is designed to give an indication of fan happiness over a period of time.
Our formula is based on the percentage of respondents that select each answer. We multiply that percentage by the following factors: 1 (strongly approve), 0.67 (approve), 0.33 (disapprove) and 0.0 (strongly disapprove). In other words, if 50 percent of respondents select “strongly approve” and 50 percent select “approve,” the formula would be (50 x 1) + (50 x 0.67) = 83.5% approval rating.