I remember 3 years ago watching Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M go into Tuscaloosa and beat #1 Alabama 29-24. It was big and thought to be a program changer as A&M announced “WE HAVE ARRIVED!!” It gave them instant credibility within their new conference the SEC and the college football world. Johnny Football had his Heisman moment as he dropped back, lost control of the football, caught it in mid-air, and found a wide open Ryan Swope for a touchdown. That team went 11-2 beating Oklahoma in the 2013 Cotton Bowl. The world was their oyster……oh how things have changed.
In less than a week, head coach Kevin Sumlin lost two former 5 star quarterbacks (Kyler Murray and Kyle Allen) to transfer. Before that it was Kenny Hill transferring to TCU who at one time was an early Heisman candidate in the 2014. The question has to be “What is going on?” The A&M defense was at one time the team’s weak link. Defensive coordinator John Chavis was brought in to change that and he will. The offense is now the problem. Jake Spavital is the offensive coordinator but Kevin Sumlin has his footprint all over the offense. Is it the offensive philosophy? Is it that Sumlin can’t keep multiple 5 star players at the same position happy? Whatever the case, the A&M money people aren’t going to wait around long to find out. They have a 4 million dollar a year head coach, a $500 million dollar newly renovated stadium, and no signature wins at home against a top ranked team in the last 4 years.
Sumlin will be on the hot seat next year. He’ll need to win at least 9 games and beat someone he isn’t suppose to. It doesn’t help his case that down the road is the hottest coach in football with Tom Herman of the Houston Cougars. They just finished the season 12-1 winning the American Athletic Conference. The Aggie brass might not have to look far if they need to make a move.