Days after Texas A&M canceled a white nationalist rally that was scheduled for Sept. 11 due to security concerns, Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin spoke on the issue for the first time Saturday.
“I’m really proud of [the school’s decision],” Sumlin told reporters on Saturday. “I was thankful and very, very proud of Chancellor (John) Sharp and our president to put an end to it.
“[This is a time] when leadership comes to the front, and our leadership did that,” Sumlin said. “We’ve talked about that as a team too, and our appreciation for our leadership to step in. It’s big for the players, big for our coaching staff — it’s big for everybody.
The white nationalist protests have begun to gain more attention since the events in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend where a woman was killed and 19 others injured after a car drove into a group of counter-protesters. The University of Florida also announced this week that it would not be renting space on its campus for a white nationalist rally.
The Aggies and Sumlin open the 2017 season on the road against UCLA on Sept. 3.