After three consecutive 8-5 seasons, the time has certainly come for Texas A&M to post a better mark under head coach Kevin Sumlin.
If not, then perhaps Sumlin won’t be around for another year. At least that’s the belief of CBSSports.com’s Dennis Dodd, who released his “Hot Seat Rankings” on Wednesday morning and included Sumlin as one of two coaches in college football most on the hot seat.
Dodd ranked every coach in the sports on a 1-to-5 scale, with a 5 signifying “Win or be fired.” Only two coaches received that ranking — Sumlin and Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly.
No SEC coach received a 4 rating (“Start improving now”) and only three of the conference’s coaches received a 3 (“Pressure is mounting”), so it’s evident that Dodd believes Sumlin has a much hotter seat than the other SEC coaches.
Sumlin started his career with the Aggies by going 11-2 in 2012, and won a bowl game each of his first three seasons. But A&M has lost its bowl game each of the past two years, despite getting off to great starts in both seasons (The Aggies won their first five games of 2015 and their first six games of 2016).
So, it’s certainly time for Sumlin and Texas A&M to get back on track, or else it may cost the head coach his job. The Aggies open the 2017 season with a road matchup at UCLA on Sept. 3, but starting fast certainly hasn’t been a problem in the past.