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Job well done: Kevin Sumlin, A&M coaches in line for raises

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Posted: Friday, February 1, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 12:33 am, Fri Feb 1, 2013.

The Texas A&M System Board of Regents on Thursday authorized A&M University President R. Bowen Loftin to negotiate pay raises and extensions with head football coach Kevin Sumlin and his coaching staff.

The authorization comes nearly two weeks after the university announced an agreement for new compensation packages for the entire staff, pending board approval. In a news release, A&M said that there is an agreement in place on key contractual terms, such as compensation, but there are some additional details still under review before the contracts can actually be signed.

Until that time no numbers can be disclosed, said vice president of marketing and communications Jason Cook.

"Coach Sumlin and the Aggie football coaching staff accomplished a great deal in our first year in the Southeastern Conference," athletic director Eric Hyman said in a prepared statement. "They are laying the foundation for continued success in the most challenging conference in the country. There is a lot of positive momentum across the campus and this will help us continue in that forward direction."

During his first season at the helm, Sumlin led the Aggies to their first top-5 finish since 1956. The Aggies also posted only their fourth 11-win season, defeated eventual national champion Alabama and boasted the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy in Johnny Manziel.

Sumlin was among the lowest paid coaches in the SEC in 2012. With recent pay bumps and hirings, Sumlin's $2 million salary had him tied with Kentucky's Mark Stoops and Ole Miss' Hugh Freeze as the lowest paid coach in the conference.

Loftin said Thursday that Sumlin's standing among his fellow coaches was definitely discussed during negotiations.

"The position their compensation package has in our conference is an issue of discussion, no question about it," he said.

Sumlin was reportedly targeted by a few NFL teams, including the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles eventually hired former Oregon coach Chip Kelly for five years and $32.5 million -- or $6.5 million annually. Loftin said he isn't worried about NFL teams descending on College Station on a yearly basis because it's just part of the game.

"These things happen throughout college sports all the time. I think there is a vast difference between coaching a college and pro team. Coaches make choices which aren't necessarily monetarily based about where they want to have their careers," he said. "It doesn't always come down to a pure monetary issue for a coach. It may come down to where that coach wants to be, what kind of environment they want to be in."

Loftin said he and Sumlin have never discussed whether he has aspirations to coach at the next level. He also said that, as of now, Sumlin is quite content where he is.

"Everything I have heard from Coach Sumlin has been positive," he said. "He's happy at Texas A&M University and enjoying what he's doing right now."

Loftin also said he was extremely pleased that these deals are close to being done and that A&M's football program can continue moving in the right direction.

"I think all of us believe a lot of things came together to make this season what it was," Loftin said. "We don't want to do anything that would change the trajectory of the program. We hope this will be the beginning of a very successful, sustained football program here at A&M."

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  • elf2crybaby posted at 11:51 pm on Fri, Feb 8, 2013.

    elf2crybaby Posts: 1

    Poor elf, maybe you don't deserve a raise because you don't do your job THAT WELL. Here is a Kleenex, I've never met a bigger cry baby in my entire life. All of you academic types are crybabies.

  • cassius posted at 8:08 pm on Sat, Feb 2, 2013.

    cassius Posts: 1

    he is payed for by the taxpayers idiot. you are all for redistributing our wealth to some overpaid sports dropout that cant do a real job. and he doesnt need a new 450million $ facility that will be used 6 or 7 times a year and take 30 years to pay off.

  • because posted at 4:45 am on Sat, Feb 2, 2013.

    because Posts: 229

    "I guess football is just more important than academics at TAMU"

    How long are you at A&M? I guess not that long, if you found out only now......

    This is a perverted system.

  • elf posted at 10:00 pm on Fri, Feb 1, 2013.

    elf Posts: 1406

    More of my undergraduate students this year than ever before qualified and entered graduate or other professional schools after graduation. This is where we get our Doctors and other professional people from. Noone seems to think I deserve a raise for doing my job well. I guess football is just more important than academics at TAMU.

  • roy g posted at 8:45 pm on Fri, Feb 1, 2013.

    roy g Posts: 604

    Wondering if this might be KyleAg/BCS again ...

  • master of disaster posted at 7:10 pm on Fri, Feb 1, 2013.

    master of disaster Posts: 373

    "Raise"? What is this..."raise"?

    Now that Engineering is getting ready to add 13,000 more students by 2025, I guess that would be more butts in the seats of Kyle Field, more tickets sold, and more revene for the football program. With 100% more students, no new faculty, and no new resources, don't expect these new recruits to be able to spell "AGGIES" correctly.

  • ftw posted at 5:34 pm on Fri, Feb 1, 2013.

    ftw Posts: 1075

    Yes, I hope they don't jinx things. I believe giving credit where credit is due, and Sumlin did a nice job. But remember, those were Sherman's recruits. Sumlin made the most of it, and I hope he can continue the success.

    But I would prefer to see this happen more than once before pulling out the check book. We have been down that road before.

  • obasfirst posted at 12:31 pm on Fri, Feb 1, 2013.

    obasfirst Posts: 539

    typical fox talking head.
    Who was talking about "Redistribution of Wealth"?

    Those liberal professors were responsible for about $700 MILLION in research expenditures. Those liberal professors were responsible for maintaining A&M academic ranking. Those liberal professors prepare students to become successful employees/employers. Without those liberal professors your tuition would me MUCH higher.

    Who is the "Moron" now?

  • posted at 12:29 pm on Fri, Feb 1, 2013.


    Rijuara: Oh, I get coaching is valued more in society than college or other forms of teaching...thus higher pay! And, if you want higher pay, you need to move to Europe? I don't begrudge Sumlin and his excellent coaches their money....I was just pointing out the double standard when it comes to rewarding excellence at the university...

  • posted at 12:24 pm on Fri, Feb 1, 2013.


    So, to have an opinion I am punished by having to move to Europe? And, you are labeling me liberal based on wanting to see excellence in all endeavors rewarded? Do you want your children educated by a low paid, unqualified individual? Is that what you are after?

  • obasfirst posted at 11:10 am on Fri, Feb 1, 2013.

    obasfirst Posts: 539

    if it's all about free market why the BOR was so against raisin tuition? Demand to study at A&M is very high, supply is limited. Free market tells me to increase tuition.

  • Rjiura posted at 9:16 am on Fri, Feb 1, 2013.

    Rjiura Posts: 34

    Hey all you "Moron" posters. It is called "Free Market" and what the "Like Job" is paying. If you want in on the action you should become a successful "Head Football Coach" in the SEC. All you "Liberal Professors" with the "Redistribution of Wealth attitude" should move to Europe!!

  • posted at 8:56 am on Fri, Feb 1, 2013.


    I am so happy when excellence is recognized with raises. We appreciate it when the Regents back these proposals, the Gov doesn't object and the public is on board....especially when the activity relates to the core academic mission of the university.....opps, my mistake...initially I thought the story was about members of the outstanding faculty and staff at A& bad...they don't get much reward no matter how well they do...see they only teach, research, advise, lead, educate the leaders of tomorrow, etc. They are not in the entertainment stupid of me. Sorry to waste your time.

  • EastBryan posted at 7:33 am on Fri, Feb 1, 2013.

    EastBryan Posts: 7

    Well Done Sumlin.."Sumlin led the Aggies to their first top-5 finish since 1956."Now lets now try and give Sherman all the credit[rolleyes].. Lets give the man the credit he deserves!

  • hotdog posted at 7:30 am on Fri, Feb 1, 2013.

    hotdog Posts: 344

    They did their job and will stay on board without this raise but nooooo we throw money at them because we can. Why not wait until they have another sucessful year and we might loose them and then pay more to fight off them leaving. Yes it was a great year. Yes they did a good job. But they were paid to do what they did. Now let's see if this is a sign of the direction of the program or a result of the actions and recruiting of the prior coach. I just don't get it.


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