One Texas A&M regent already cast his vote to fire Kevin Sumlin after UCLA comeback
As you’d expect, Texas A&M’s stunning collapse against UCLA — — is not going over particularly well in College Station, Texas, or anywhere else where maroon and white are the colors of choice.
TexAgs.com, a popular Aggies website, crashed briefly in the wake of a traffic spike as fans poured on to the site to discuss the game and coach Kevin Sumlin’s future.
Now, a member of the Texas A&M board of regents has publicly called for Sumlin’s job. Anthony Buzbee, an attorney in Houston, wrote on his Facebook page that he would not be endorsing Sumlin “when the time comes.” Below is a screengrab of the post courtesy of Brent Zwerneman of Houston Chronicle along with the transcribed text …
“I’m sure I may be criticized for this post,” Buzbee began, “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.”
In addition to being an area attorney, Buzbee is a property manager and served as a Battalion Commander in the Corps of Cadets while at A&M. He was a captain in the United States Marine Corps during the Persian Gulf and Somalian conflicts. This is not the opinion of some person spouting off without any reason behind the words.
There are nine A&M regents plus a student regent. How the rest of them deal with Sumlin’s situation remains to be seen. It’s possible Buzbee removes the post or softens his stance later. However, to have one decision-maker already taking a public stance against Sumlin says a lot. Late-season collapses have been a trend under Sumlin in College Station. This time, the collapse happened in Week 1.