Texas A&M announced today that head coach Kevin Sumlin has signed a new six-year contract agreement with the Aggies, which likely takes the former SEC head coach of the year out of the running to be USC’s next head coach.
— Texas A&M Football (@AggieFootball) November 30, 2013
The timing of the announcement is telling, as the Trojans will play their final game of the regular season against UCLA tonight. Athletic Director Pat Haden has made it clear that USC is looking to make the announcement of their hire no later than December. The Trojans could have someone in place as early as next week.
That someone being Sumlin, who had been the reported front runner, looks far less likely give the extended contract. There is no information as to how much the contract is worth. However, the buy out clause will almost certainly be a large sum if A&M’s idea is to keep Sumlin in College Station.
Currently in his second season with the Aggies, Sumlin has led A&M to an 8-3 record in the SEC this season. However, they’re fourth in the SEC West and are on the outside of the conference and BCS picture.
USC defensive end George Uko commented on Sumlin’s status:
— Reign of Troy (@ReignofTroy) November 30, 2013