Kevin Sumlin relieved of head football coaching duties at Texas A&M

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M University Director of Athletics Scott Woodward has relieved Head Football Coach Kevin Sumlin of all duties effective immediately. Assistant Coach Jeff Banks will serve as interim head coach.

“Kevin’s tenure included some remarkable achievements and he leaves our program as one of the winningest football coaches in our storied history,” said Woodward. “Kevin made us a better all-around football program and led our program with dignity and character. He’s a first-class person.”

“Our expectations at A&M are very high. We believe that we should compete for SEC championships on an annual basis and, at times, national championships. I believe that we need a new coach to take us there. On behalf of Aggies everywhere, my thanks to Kevin and his family for his service to Texas A&M. I wish him the very best.”

Sumlin coached six seasons at A&M, posting an overall record of 51 wins and 26 losses (.662 winning percentage), including a record of 25-23 (.521) in Southeastern Conference (SEC) games.

“My job is to hire the person who is the right fit to lead our football program,” Woodward said. “Obviously, our search will be quiet so the next time you’ll hear from me is when I’m introducing the new head football coach.”

Sumlin was named SEC Coach of the Year in 2012 when he led his first team at A&M to an 11-2 overall record, a victory over Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl, and a national ranking of fifth in the final Associated Press (AP) poll. Also at A&M, Sumlin coached 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, one of only two players in A&M history to earn that coveted honor (joining John David Crow in 1957).

Hired by A&M in December of 2011, Sumlin came to College Station after four seasons as head coach at the University of Houston where he led the Cougars to a 35-17 overall record (.673). At Houston, Sumlin led the Cougars to two Conference USA West Division titles (2009 and 2011). He was named Conference USA Coach of the Year twice, in 2009 and 2011. Sumlin’s career record in 10 seasons as a head coach is 86-43 (.667).

Texas A&M will honor the terms of Sumlin’s contract.