Texas A&M reportedly will fire head coach Kevin Sumlin after the LSU game Saturday. A win over the No. 18 Tigers would not change that.
According to the Houston Chronicle, Sumlin’s poor performance in each of the last five seasons led to the decision. In addition to that, falling attendance as well as the team’s inability to win an SEC division game since 2015 were the straws that broke the camel’s back.
Sumlin said in Tuesday’s press conference that he plans to be back next season, and he had not heard any news of the Aggies’ plans to let him go.
This is Sumlin’s sixth season with the program. He has gone 51-25 as a head coach in that time and is 7-4 this season, but his team has failed to reach double-digit wins a single time after going 11-2 in his inaugural year.
His teams have also had problems finishing after strong starts in his tenure. Through the first five games each of their last four seasons the Aggies have gone 19-1. But in the team’s final seven games of those seasons they went a combined 14-18.
The Aggies reportedly have their eyes on Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher as their replacement for Sumlin.