Breathe easier, Kevin Sumlin.
Texas A&M has been one of the SEC’s biggest stories in its 5-0 start this season, and Paul Finebaum says the hot stretch is enough for the Aggies coach to feel good about returning next year. You’ll remember there were questions about Sumlin’s ability to lead Texas A&M out of a rut after the Aggies went 8-5 in each of the past two seasons.
Here’s what Finebaum said about the topic, when asked about Sumlin on ESPN’s SportsCenter on Saturday morning:
“He beat UCLA in overtime,” Finebaum said. “If that had gone the other way, it may have been a different conversation. But I will also add this is the SEC, and it’s not over yet. Even with a win today against Tennessee, don’t forget the Aggies go to Alabama. They still have the usual suspects in the SEC West. But I think Coach Sumlin has done such a good job keeping this team together, primarily because of Trevor Knight’s leadership, that I believe the hot-seat conversation is over for this year.”
This is a fair take. If the Aggies keep winning, there’s no reason to mess with the momentum. A win Saturday for Texas A&M over Tennessee would set up a huge matchup against Alabama on Oct. 22.
The Aggies’ progress this fall has been impressive, especially considering the questions to begin the season.