Texas A&M will fire head football coach Kevin Sumlin after the Aggies' final game of the season at LSU, according to Brent Zwerneman of the Houston Chronicle, citing multiple sources.
Zwerneman reports Sumlin will be let go on Sunday or in the days following the Aggies' regular season finale against the Tigers. Texas A&M enters the clash at 7-4, 4-3 in the SEC.
One Aggies assistant coach told Sports Illustrated he found out about the report when his cell phone blew up with messages.
“It’s s----y for it to go down like this if what has been written (in the Chronicle’s report) is accurate,” the staffer told SI. “For our players to find out about it like this, that it doesn’t matter if we win Saturday night at LSU, it’s really s----y. It’s a huge distraction for them not to have their minds focused on the game. They’re probably saying WTF? Every one of them was recruited by Kevin Sumlin."
Earlier Tuesday, Sumlin said he anticipated being back in Aggieland for the 2018 season and had not been told anything about his future at Texas A&M. He still has 2 years left on his contract and is owed a reported $10 million buyout, should the Aggies let him go before the end of the deal.
The move by Texas A&M has long been speculated, particularly after athletic director Scott Woodward told the Paul Finebaum Show in June that Sumlin needed to win in 2017.
Board of Regents member Tony Buzbee added to the speculation after the Aggies collapsed in the season opener at UCLA, saying in a Facebook post that he thought Sumlin should be let go immediately.
Sumlin is 51-25 in six seasons with the Aggies, but A&M has finished just 8-5 in each of the last three seasons, which caused a lot of displeasure in Aggieland.
According to a USA TODAY report, A&M will pursue Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher, saying that pursuing Fisher would make sense for Texas A&M, which has shown a willingness to spend big money to reach the elite level of college football.
Whether Fisher is actually interested in moving on from Tallahassee, Florida, remains to be seen. But he does have a relationship with Woodward dating back to Fisher's days as LSU's offensive coordinator, where the two worked together from 2000-04. Fisher was rumored to be interested in the LSU job this time two years ago, when reports surfaced that then-coach Les Miles tenure was scheduled to end shortly after the Texas A&M game. Miles won that game and was retained during the offseason only to be fired one month into the 2016 season. All the while, Fisher remained in Tallahassee.