“My wife and kids have never called a play. My wife and kids have never done anything football-wise that led to us losing a game or winning a game,” Sumlin said in the postgame press conference. “Once it comes to my business, that’s fine, and suggestions, that’s fine.”
The beginning of the 2017 season has been anything but easy for Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin, who saw his team blow a 44-10 lead to UCLA in the opener and then struggle to beat Nicholls State last Saturday. Things away from the field have been even worse, as a Aggies fan send a threatening note to his house with racial overtones including threats to Sumlin and his family.
Sumlin, speaking on ESPNU Radio on Sirius XM on Thursday, discussed the situation and why his family decided to post the letter on Twitter.
“The safety factor to me was bigger than anything. That’s why we took the route that we did. It was the right thing to do.”
Charlene, Sumlin’s wife, put a picture of the letter on Twitter that was sent after the loss to the Bruins. Sumlin decided it was a teaching moment for his two younger kids who are still living in the house.
“I get all kinds of mail: suggestions, criticisms, positive, negative, whatever. That’s part of the job. This particular situation the letter came to my house and they didn’t feel good about the open-ended threat at the end, the racial tone, just everything. You have to have that conversation with kids. I’ve got two in college, but I’ve also had two at the house and you just have to have those conversations in which they didn’t understand, but that’s the kind of world we live in.”
On Saturday night after the Aggies win against Nicholls State, Sumlin first addressed the threatening letter.
“The racial piece of that is one part of it, but the open-ended threat at the end, at my house, I gotta draw the line there. She didn’t like it. She didn’t feel safe about it. My kids didn’t feel safe about it. Yeah, I knew that was going to happen.”