Texas A&M DC Search Turns To South Florida, According To Report

After a coaching search that had us wondering whether your team might want to loan A&M its coach, Houston's Kevin Sumlin becomes the next Aggies boss. Here's our 2011 Coaching Carousel Tracker.

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Mark Snyder Could Be Texas A&M Defensive Coordinator, According To Report

South Florida Bulls defensive coordinator Mark Snyder could become Kevin Sumlin's first defensive coordinator at Texas A&M, according to a report. A&M had previously tried to bring on Michigan St. Spartans DC Pat Narduzzi, who elected to stay in East Lansing.

Via TexAgs.com's Billy Liucci, who also had the Narduzzi report (which Narduzzi confirmed):

Billy Liucci@billyliucci Confirmed per multiple sources connected to process, Sumlin tabs South Florida's Mark Snyder as defensive coordinator

USF ranked No. 39 in total defense in 2011 and No. 17 in 2010, his first year in Tampa. He went 22-37 as Marshall's head coach before joining South Florida. Previous stops have taken him to Ohio State, Minnesota, UCF and elsewhere.

This would be his first job in Texas. In fact, he's never held a job in Big 12 country. Well, West Virginia is Big 12 country now, but you know what I mean.

For more on the parties involved, visit Texas A&M blog I Am the 12th Man and USF blog Voodoo Five.

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Texas A&M Announces Kevin Sumlin, New Aggies Head Coach

The Texas A&M Aggies have announced their new head coach: as long expected, it's Kevin Sumlin of the Houston Cougars. He'll become the first SEC coach in Aggies history, which is probably something. From A&M's official release on the hire:

"It is with great pride that we announce Kevin Sumlin has accepted an offer to become the next head football coach at Texas A&M University," Byrne stated. "We began this search process a little over a week ago and spoke to many worthy and qualified candidates, but my decision, which was made in consultation with (Texas A&M) President (R. Bowen) Loftin, kept leading me to Kevin. We met this morning to finalize the offer. I believe he is the right person to lead our football program into the Southeastern Conference. First of all, Kevin is a terrific person. He is also one heck of a recruiter and he will put together a great staff."

"I am very excited about the opportunity to serve as the head football coach at Texas A&M University," Sumlin said. "Having coached there before, I understand the culture and embrace the commitment by the 12th Man regarding Aggie football. Aggieland is a special place and I look forward to working with the young men in the football program and recruiting the type of players we need to be successful in the SEC."

"With that being said," Sumlin continued. "I can't thank the University of Houston enough for giving me a chance to become a head football coach. It is tough to leave a group of players who have worked so hard and have done things the right way in taking Cougar football to greater heights."

Sumlin takes over for Mike Sherman, who was fired in a recruit's driveway after a collapse-prone, 6-6 season.

For more A&M, visit Texas A&M blog I Am the 12th Man.

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Kevin Sumlin To Texas A&M Finally Done, Houston AD Confirms

The Texas A&M Aggies are finally, actually, for real hiring Houston Cougars head coach Kevin Sumlin to replace Mike Sherman. Houston's athletic director, Mack Rhoades, confirmed as such Saturday evening, naming Tony Levine the interim coach.

@skhanjr Sam Khan Jr.:  Rhoades joked on Sumlin taking assistants: "I told him he couldn't take any."

Sumlin has been the presumed next A&M coach for quite some time now, but the Aggies reportedly felt like undertaking a side quest in an effort to swipe Georgia Bulldogs coach Mark Richt. The UGA coach's agent certainly appreciates the venture.

Going 35-17 at UH and nearly reaching the BCS, Sumlin now becomes the first African-American head coach at a major Texas program and A&M's first-ever SEC head coach. Expect A&M to officially announce him shortly.

For more on the Aggies, visit Texas A&M blog I Am The 12th Man. And check in with our 2011 Coaching Carousel Tracker.

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Mike Sherman To Be Fired By Texas A&M, According To Report

Mike Sherman will be fired as Texas A&M head coach, according to a report on Thursday afternoon. Sherman doesn't know it, and is out recruiting, but the decision to part ways has been made. He has not been told of the decision, however, which could create for an awkward meeting at some point -- either with university officials or recruits learning of the news as he is.

The news comes from Kirk Bohls, who cites a source close to the decision. Let's all remember that Sherman is on the road, and may be learning of this news the same way we are. Fun!

Texas A&M has decided to fire football Mike Sherman but has not yet notified him, a prominent Aggie source just told me.

Oh, and there's this whole thing about the extension, too.

A&M would owe Mike Sherman between $3M-$5M because he didn't sign his extension contract, the Aggie source says.

Sherman did meet with at least one regent on Thursday, but chose to leave College Station after to continue to recruit, according to multiple reports. However, it now appears his time as head coach of the Aggies may be coming to an end.

For more on the Aggies, visit Texas A&M blog I Am The 12th Man. And check in with our 2011 Coaching Carousel Tracker.

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