Sumlin Brings Winning Attitude To Texas A&M

By: Shane McAuliffe Email
By: Shane McAuliffe Email

Kevin Sumlin has had a lot of success over his 22 years of coaching in the college ranks.

A linebacker at Purdue from 1983 to 1986, Sumlin's first coaching job was at Washington State in 1989. In 1991, he coached wide receivers at Wyoming and did the same at Minnesota from 1993 to 1997. A stop at Purdue was next on his resume until 2001 when Sumlin came to Texas A&M.

For two years, Sumlin wore maroon and white as the assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and tight ends coach.

In 2003 Sumlin coached at powerhouse Oklahoma, serving as the co-offensive coordinator from 2006 to 2007.

And then in 2008, he got his first head coaching job at the University of Houston where he's gone 35-17 over four seasons.

"I really think he has a chance to be a real game changer for A&M," former Texas A&M Football player Seth McKinney said.

McKinney played under Sumlin during his senior season at Texas A&M and says Sumlin has an air of confidence that will lead to success.

"Some people might not like it but I love it. You want a coach to be confident. You want a winner out there. A guy who thinks no matter what he does, that he's going to succeed. And that's going to rub off on players," McKinney said.

"Energy and enthusiasm is contagious," said Sumlin during a UH football conference this past summer.

That confidence has changed what UH fans expect from their football team.

"We had a bunch of closet Cougar fans, I'd go to the gas station and people would quietly say, hey I went to UH. Now I go and people are like, "YEAH," Sumlin said.

He's even had the same effect on the UH student body.

"We need your support! Be loud, wear red, and show up at Robertson Stadium. Thanks," GO COOGS," Sumlin said.

Kevin Sumlin, a coach that will bring a new attitude to Texas A&M and as it moves forward to the SEC.

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