(Photo: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports)
After being fired from Texas A&M in late November after a 45-21 loss to LSU, Kevin Sumlin has now landed a new job in Tucson, Arizona as the next head coach at the University of Arizona. This hiring for Arizona comes soon after former coach Rich Rodriguez was fired for allegations of sexual harassment.
At Texas A&M, Sumlin finished with a 51-26 record in six seasons with the Aggies. Sumlin had a 3-2 bowl record and won SEC coach of the year in 2012. The firing was an expensive one for Texas A&M as the school must owe Sumlin the remaining two years of his contract which comes in around $10 million. Many think Texas A&M upgraded at the head coach position with the hiring of ex Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher to a 10-year, $75 million contract.
This is a great hire for Arizona. They will be getting an experienced head coach who has spent time at the University of Houston and Texas A&M. Sumlin knows how to recruit and should be very successful bringing in top talent. It will be interesting to see where Sumlin can take this Wildcat team. Sumlin was able to coach a dual threat quarterback by the name of Johnny Manziel in his tenure in College Station. He will get the same opportunity in Tucson with Khalil Tate. Tate emerged last season as the lead guy at quarterback and carried his Wildcats to finish the season with a 7-6 record after the team finished 3-9 the previous year.
Arizona fans should be excited to see what the future brings. This is a huge upgrade for the team, and it would not be surprising to see Arizona near the top of the Pac 12 standings next season. Kevin Sumlin was a top target for Arizona State fans after the team fired head coach Todd Graham just hours after a win over rival Arizona. After the mixed review hiring of Herm Edwards as their next head coach, Arizona State fans must not be feeling too good to see their top target head to their rival school.