Kevin Sumlin couldn’t have scripted a worse start to the 2017 season. And a number of Texas A&M fans are not happy with his performance.
Sumlin’s team blew a 34-point lead in the first game of the season to lose 45-44 against UCLA. Then, the Aggies were tied with FCS foe Nicholls in the fourth quarter before pulling out a 24-14 win. There was also a Texas A&M fan sending a racist letter to Sumlin’s house.
There already was a lot of pressure on Sumlin, who entered the season on the hot seat.
In the previous SEC Country poll, Sumlin came in with a 64.7 approval rating. It was his highest rating of the year, but it was once again the lowest rating among SEC coaches.
And for another season, the Aggies have a quandary at the quarterback position. And the early season hasn’t provided an answer.
The Aggies began the 2016 season 7-1, but Trevor Knight’s right shoulder injury led to a 1-4 finish. Texas A&M lost its last two games, to LSU and Kansas State, with Knight back in the lineup.
The Aggies have already lost their starting quarterback this season, as Nick Starkel, who started the UCLA game and led the Aggies to a 44-10 lead, is out for the season. The Aggies will turn to either Jake Hubenak or Kellen Mond for the remainder of the season.
Sumlin reportedly was paid about $5 million in 2016. His record at Texas A&M is 44-21. The Aggies take on Louisiana on Saturday at noon.
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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.