We’ve all said or written things we regret.
Sometimes, in the heat of the moment after a huge disappointment, too much fire tumbles off the tongue or fingertips. Sometimes, after weeks pass and perspective is gained, we realize our initial feelings were way wrong.
These days, Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin has earned the right to dish out piping-hot Grade A crow. After the Aggies blew a 34-point third-quarter lead in an epic season-opening loss to UCLA, one Texas A&M regent used Facebook as his personal soapbox to write that Sumlin “needs to GO. … We owe it to our school and our players. We can do better.”
Since then, the Aggies have done much better. They have won five of six games. They lost to Alabama by just eight points. They are 5-2 entering a bye week after an impressive victory last Saturday at Florida. They have a real chance to finish as the SEC West’s second-best team.
As a public service to Aggies fans and Texas A&M regents everywhere, we’ve written an apology letter to Sumlin that can be used on Facebook. Copy the note below, and fill in your personal information where required.
Remember, it’s never too late to say you’re sorry.
I’m sure I may be criticized for this post, but I honestly don’t care. I’ve been a Texas A&M fan/on the Board of Regents for the A&M system for almost _____ years. During that time, I’ve only once commented on Kevin Sumlin and his performance during his tenure at our school. Who wouldn’t have done the same after that UCLA loss? The collapse was so outrageous that I considered buying a burnt orange T-shirt. But then I would have learned what cheering for an overhyped, overpublicized program really is like. (What was the score of that Maryland game again, Texas fans? Have fun chasing a Texas Bowl berth.)
Before the UCLA loss, I never said a word when Sumlin and his agent manipulated a much bigger and longer contract. Before the UCLA loss, I said nothing about his arrogance and his mishandling of multiple player controversies. Before the UCLA loss, I said nothing when we had multiple awesome recruiting classes, only to see key players leave our school or underperform. That terrible Sunday night in September, I was very disappointed, and I have to say this: I wrote some things I regret.
I’m sorry, Kevin Sumlin. Recent weeks have shown that I let my emotions get the best of me. Sure, it didn’t look great for you during those sloppy victories against Nicholls and Louisiana. My Sumlin voodoo doll was full of pins, and I watched each Aggies game with a Prozac bottle by my side. I was upset.
But you found your way in that wild overtime win against Arkansas, which dressed like a much worse version of Ohio State for some weird reason. Then you followed that by beating South Carolina, giving Alabama a game, and draining The Swamp against a team that wore uniforms modeled after a green military Humvee. Let’s hope our future opponents keep the funny alternate looks coming.
Yes, Kevin Sumlin, you were outcoached against UCLA. But that’s Brazos River water under a bridge at this point. Kellen Mond has grown into an effective quarterback. Nick Starkel is healing from his ankle injury. The defense has done enough. And upcoming games against Mississippi State, Auburn, New Mexico, Ole Miss and LSU look manageable. This can be a successful season after all. Who would have thought that a month ago? Not me.
You recruit well, and you should get a chance to coach in more big games, more close games. Our players were better the past month. Our players were more talented than most of our opponents since that UCLA loss, and we won when we should have done so. You and the rest of our coaches should receive the chance to appear on national television, yet again.
I’m only one fan/one vote on the Board of Regents. But when the time comes, my opinion/my vote will be that Kevin Sumlin needs to STAY. In my view he should stay at least another year, maybe more. We owe it to our school and our players. We’re doing better.
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