Kevin Sumlin is set to remain with Texas A&M for a long time after agreeing to a six-year contract extension.
Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports previously reported the deal, which was contingent on approval from the school's board of regents. This finally happened on Tuesday, Dec. 12, according to Allen Reed of the Bryan-College Station Eagle:
The Aggies official website confirmed the deal.
Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News expanded on the details of the new contract:
Texas A&M releases contract details for Kevin Sumlin's new 6-year deal. As previously reported, $5M annually with a $5M buyout.— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) December 13, 2013
Sumlin's buyout obligation to A&M runs through 2016. A&M’s buy-out clause runs the length of the contract through Dec. 31, 2019.— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) December 13, 2013
The 49-year-old coach expressed his excitement in a statement, via Sam Khan Jr. of ESPN:
I am humbled and very appreciative of the commitment that Texas A&M has extended not only to me and my family, but to our football program overall. We have only just begun to lay the foundation for sustained, long-term success here at Texas A&M, and we will work hard every day to make this great institution and the 12th Man proud.
Sumlin is wrapping up his second season at Texas A&M, where he has seen a great deal of success after moving there from Houston. The Aggies have a 19-6 record in this time, including a 10-6 mark in the school's first two years in the SEC.
After winning the Cotton Bowl a year ago, they are set to take on Duke in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31.
Additionally, he helped coach quarterback Johnny Manziel to the 2012 Heisman Trophy. The sophomore is also a finalist for the award this year, looking to become the second person ever to win the prestigious award twice.
By completing this extension, Texas A&M made a big step toward securing the future of the program by keeping its head coach in place. This is important with big jobs potentially opening up around the country.
However, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports notes that the NFL is still a possibility for the successful coach:
Still, the Aggies have done everything in their power to ensure that they will remain a national power for years to come, and they are confident in Sumlin leading the way.
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