Kevin Sumlin was introduced as Arizona’s coach Tuesday. He reportedly will earn big money to try to lead the Wildcats to a Pac-12 title, and the position serves as a nice landing spot for the former Texas A&M coach after he was fired in November.
Sumlin is prepared to move forward, but he spent part of Tuesday giving interesting thoughts about the closing chapter at his former stop. As part of his comments, as relayed by Football Scoop’s Zach Barnett, Sumlin spoke about how “tough” that period was for him after he learned his time in College Station was over. He went 51-26 with five bowl appearances as Texas A&M’s coach from 2012-17.
“Everything that went on at my last place, it was tough,” Sumlin said per Barnett. “It was tough on me, it was tough on family, tough on a lot of different things. Really that first week or so I really thought about [taking a year off]. That first week, it was really tough. I was really tired. Then I took some time, left the country for a little bit. Went as far south as I could go without crossing the equator. I actually went four days without somebody saying, ‘Hey, Coach.’ That was really good for me.”
At times, we forget coaches are just like the rest of us. Sumlin had to feel large disappointment after his stint at Texas A&M came to an end, especially after he felt hot-seat pressure throughout most of the fall. Still, it sounds like he’s energized for this new opportunity.
Landing another major job quickly is a positive development for Sumlin. Certainly, he has plenty to prove after his most recent experience at Texas A&M. That money coming his way will be nice as well.