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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.