Texas A&M suffered a stunning loss at UCLA on Sunday, blowing a 34-point lead and falling by way of a fake-spike touchdown in the last minute.
After the game, Texas A&M system regent Tony Buzbee wrote on Facebook of Aggie head coach Kevin Sumlin:
I'm sure I may be criticized for this post but I honestly don't care. I've been on the Board of Regents for the A&M System for almost seven years. During that time, I've not once commented on Kevin Sumlin and his performance during his tenure at our school. I never said a word when he and his agent manipulated a much bigger and longer contract. I said nothing about his arrogance and his mishandling of multiple player controversies. I said nothing when we had multiple awesome recruiting classes, only to see key players leave our school or underperform. But tonight I am very disappointed and I have to say this. Kevin Sumlin was out-coached tonight, which isn't new. He recruits well, but can't coach the big games, or the close games. Our players were better tonight. Our players were more talented tonight. But our coaches were dominated on national TV, yet again. I'm only one vote on the Board of Regents but when the time comes my vote will be that Kevin Sumlin needs to GO. In my view he should go now. We owe it to our school and our players. We can do better.
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In the offseason, Sumlin’s boss straight-up announced that he’s on the hot season this year. Sunday’s result won’t take him off it.
The post is really Buzbee’s, per a reliable Houston Chronicle A&M reporter:
Texas A&M regent and noted Houston attorney: pic.twitter.com/WxSHZijQeN— Brent Zwerneman (@BrentZwerneman) September 4, 2017
For more on Buzbee, here’s a magazine profile of him. The article’s headline is: ‘THE BIGGEST, BADDEST, MEANEST DOG IN THE YARD.’
The former head coach at the University of Houston, Sumlin is in his sixth season at A&M. His overall record with the Aggies is 44-22. His best team was his first one — the 2012 squad that went 11-2 and won the Cotton Bowl behind Heisman Trophy quarterback Johnny Manziel.
Since then, Sumlin has lost four or five games in each season. His teams have developed a reputation for starting well and fading down the stretch. The Aggies did that on Sunday, too, playing out a microcosm of their stereotypical season in 60 minutes.
If other powerful people in College Station share Buzbee’s view, Sumlin faces a big problem. A&M hosts FCS Nicholls State in Week 2.