Texas A&M is 4-2 this season and just stayed within a touchdown and a two-point conversion of Alabama. The Aggies are fine. But their head coach is not fine.
Kevin Sumlin’s on the hot seat. We know this because his bosses have said as much publicly for months, refusing to even grant him a superficial Vote of Confidence.
To replace the still-not-officially fired Sumlin, someone at Texas A&M is said to be considering Penn State coach James Franklin. That’s according to CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd on Thursday. The Nittany Lions are “preparing” for the Aggies to “make a run” at their head man.
That A&M wants James Franklin is really good.
He’s 6-0 this year, leading the No. 3 team in the country. He successfully shepherded Penn State through the end of its post-Jerry Sandusky NCAA sanctioning, built the team into a Big Ten champion last year, and is really riding high right now. There probably aren’t 10 coaches anywhere who are more desirable than Franklin today.
It’s good to want things. I want a new car, a nicer house, a more spacious refrigerator, an expedited Game of Thrones season 8, and to be best friends with John Legend and Chrissy Teigen. These are all fine things for a person to want, in my opinion.
I wonder if James Franklin wants Texas A&M.
A day later, he tweeted this:
Sumlin is 48-23 at A&M. Here is what a university regent wrote about him in a still-not-deleted Facebook post after a bad Week 1 loss at UCLA:
I’m sure I may be criticized for this post but I honestly don’t care. I’ve been on the Board of Regents for the A&M System for almost seven years. During that time, I’ve not once commented on Kevin Sumlin and his performance during his tenure at our school. I never said a word when he and his agent manipulated a much bigger and longer contract. I said nothing about his arrogance and his mishandling of multiple player controversies. I said nothing when we had multiple awesome recruiting classes, only to see key players leave our school or underperform. But tonight I am very disappointed and I have to say this. Kevin Sumlin was out-coached tonight, which isn’t new. He recruits well, but can’t coach the big games, or the close games. Our players were better tonight. Our players were more talented tonight. But our coaches were dominated on national TV, yet again. I’m only one vote on the Board of Regents but when the time comes my vote will be that Kevin Sumlin needs to GO. In my view he should go now. We owe it to our school and our players. We can do better.
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I’m surprised James Franklin isn’t already on a plane to College Station.