One Texas writer has a fascinating take on a possible replacement for Kevin Sumlin if things “go south” for the Texas A&M coach this season.
In a live chat session Tuesday, SportsDayDFW.com contributor Matt Mosley wrote that Aggies officials could pursue Clemson coach Dabo Swinney if the hot seat burns Sumlin, who’s entering his sixth season in College Station. It’s no secret that pressure is on Sumlin, who’s 44-21 with the Aggies. However, Texas A&M has posted an 8-5 record in each of the past three seasons, leading to talk that Sumlin must show improvement in a hurry to continue leading the Aggies.
Initially, it seems hard to envision Swinney leaving Clemson for Texas A&M. Certainly, Aggies officials could throw money toward the coach, who’s 89-28 with one national title in nine seasons with the Tigers.
Still, there’s more to life than money. It would be wise for Swinney to stay put. After all, coaching in the SEC West means he would have to face Alabama each season. Yes, Swinney got the best of Nick Saban in the most recent national championship game. But staring down the Crimson Tide each year would be a daunting task. Plus, there are other formidable programs such as Auburn and LSU within the division to deal with each fall.
It will be fun to see what comes of Swinney in the future. Still, it would be smart to avoid College Station.