There are votes of confidence and then there's what A&M AD Scott Woodard did on Tuesday at the SEC's spring meetings. Speaking to Paul Finebaum on the set of the SEC Network, Woodward was clear that while Sumlin has been successful at A&M, he'll need to take it up a notch.
“Coach knows he has to win and he has to win this year,” Woodward said. “We have to do better than we’ve done in the past.”
Woodward's statement places Sumlin squarely on the hotseat, or at least confirms his hot seat. It also comes in a year when A&M is facing perhaps its toughest task since joining the SEC. The Aggies replace a quarterback, a slew of receivers, two NFL defensive ends, their best linebacker, and valuable pieces in the secondary.
Then there's A&M schedule which includes a trip to UCLA, their usual Arkansas war, Bama, a trip to Gainesville, and a season ending two-step at Ole Miss and LSU. "Doing better" seems to indicate that Sumlin has to improve on last year's 8-5 record, though Woodward said their are other ways to evaluate success. We're not sure what those are objective measures are other than winning but we're open to new ideas.
Sumlin has a 44-21 record at A&M including a 21-19 SEC mark. For his career, at Houston and in College Station Sumlin is 79-38.