Texas A&M Aggies head coach Kevin Sumlin enters the 2017 season coming off a string of three consecutive 8-5 finishes. The team has failed to finish above .500 inside the conference since 2012, Sumlin’s first year as head coach, and that lack of dominance has sparked rumors that Sumlin’s job could be on the line if he fails to win — and win big — this upcoming year.
“Nobody puts more pressure on me than I put on myself and nobody wants to win more than I want to,” said Sumlin during SEC Media Day in Hoover, Ala., per ESPN. “Whatever’s said, whatever the conversation, whatever’s written, it’s not going to affect how I do my job. It’s not going to affect my day-to-day operation.”
Sumlin worked for the Aggies from 2001-02, before taking over the head coaching job for the school in 2012 and leading them to an 11-2 record. He has three years remaining on his contract as head coach of the program, with a buyout clause in his contract that would force A&M to fork over a hefty chunk of $10 million just to rid him after the 2017 year.
“We’re not giving any excuses, and that starts with me,” Sumlin said. “We want to be a top-10 team. We want to be a championship team. The things that we’ve done … to figure out how to get to that next level, we’re doing.
“My job is to fix it. It’s not about talking about it. The biggest sign in our building says ‘no excuses’ and it’s our job to get it fixed, and that’s what we’re doing.”