Given his success at Texas A&M, it’s no surprise that Kevin Sumlin had a number of job offerings. He ended up taking the Arizona job, but a report on Sunday states that he almost joined up with Jon Gruden.
Sumlin reportedly interviewed for the Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator job, according to a report from Adam Scheffter. That job ultimately went to Greg Olson, who was the Los Angeles Rams quarterbacks coach.
Before Raiders’ HC Jon Gruden hired Rams' QB coach Greg Olson as his offensive coordinator, he interviewed former Texas A & M HC Kevin Sumlin to become his OC, per source. Sumlin became Arizona’s HC, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 21, 2018
Sumlin went 51-26 in his time at Texas A&M and never won fewer than 7 games. Many in the media are optimistic of his chances at success with the Wildcats, given that he’ll get to coach Khalil Tate and that Arizona’s chief rival, Arizona State, hired Herm Edwards.
At Arizona, Sumlin’s deal is 5-years and worth $14.5 million. He is also getting $10 million in buyout money from the Aggies. Texas A&M replaced Sumlin with Jimbo Fisher, who agreed to a whooping 10-year, $75-million contract with the school.
Gruden had also been heavily linked to the Tennessee job, but that mostly appeared to be smoke. The Volunteers ended up hiring Jeremy Pruitt for the job.