Kevin Sumlin is out at Texas A&M — no matter the result of the Aggies' game against LSU on Saturday night in Tiger Stadium.
The Houston Chronicle reported the news Tuesday night, citing anonymous sources. The school plans to fire the sixth-year coach and pursue Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher, the outlet reported.
For a third straight season, the Aggies (7-4, 4-3 Southeastern Conference) and 19th-ranked Tigers (8-3, 5-2) meet with a coach in turmoil. This time, it's A&M.
In 2015, LSU players carried Les Miles off the field after beating the Aggies, a win that some believe saved his job as the school pursued — yes — Fisher.
In 2016, reports of LSU’s negotiations with Tom Herman leaked just before kickoff. Talks with Herman ended the next night, when the then-Houston coach began negotiating with his current school, Texas.
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LSU’s 54-39 win over Texas A&M last year perhaps secured Ed Orgeron as athletic director Joe Alleva’s No. 2 candidate behind Herman, eventually thrusting the former defensive line coach into the role.
Sumlin is 51-25 at A&M, but he has a losing record against the SEC West, including an 0-5 mark against the Tigers. The Aggies have finished no higher than fourth in the five seasons since 2012.
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Sumlin told reporters in College Station on Tuesday that he expects to be A&M's coach next season.
"Why wouldn't I?" he said in response to a question.
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Sumlin has two years remaining on his contract that pays $5 million annually, and the two sides are expected to negotiate a buyout in the range of $10 million, The Chronicle reported.
Fisher and A&M have a connection that goes back to LSU. The eighth-year coach of the Seminoles and A&M athletic director Scott Woodward worked together at LSU in the early to mid-2000s.