COLLEGE STATION, Texas Kevin Sumlin, the hottest commodity in the college coaching world this fall, has recommitted to stay as the head coach at Texas A&M, sources told CBSSports.com on Saturday.
Later in the day Saturday, the school announced that it has reached an agreement in principle with Sumlin on new six-year contract, A&M Athletic Director Eric Hyman said.
The 49-year-old Sumlin, who in 2012 led Texas A&M to its first top-5 finish in 56 seasons, is 19-5 in his two seasons with the Aggies. In his time at A&M, Sumlin helped groom Johnny Manziel into a Heisman Trophy winner last year and beat No. 1 Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
Before Sumlin s arrival in College Station, the Aggies hadn t finished in the top 10 in 18 years.
Combining his time running the University of Houston program, Sumlin is 54-22 in six seasons as a head coach. In 2011, he led the Cougars to a school-record 12 wins. Last winter, Sumlin turned down opportunities for substantially more money from the NFL to remain at A&M.
Sumlin was considered to be the top target for Southern California in the wake of the Trojans firing coach Lane Kiffin earlier in the fall, according to sources.