COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Texas AM football coach Kevin Sumlin said he was “frustrated” about the Aggies’ loss to UCLA but is not paying attention to the recent comments made by a school regent, who called for Sumlin’s firing.
Tony Buzbee, a Houston-area attorney and member of Texas AM’s board of regents, said in a Facebook post late Sunday night that he would vote for Sumlin to be fired and that “Kevin Sumlin needs to GO.”
Texas AM regent calls for Sumlin’s ouster
A Texas AM regent has called for the firing of coach Kevin Sumlin after the Aggies blew a 34-point lead to UCLA.
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Sumlin said Tuesday that his focus is on his team, not outside commentary.
“People are frustrated. I’m frustrated about a lot of things,” Sumlin said. “I’m not real happy. I’m sure there are a lot of things being said about this program.
“Our focus is on us. That never changes. I’m not in the business of really paying attention to anything outside this program, or comments good or bad. My focus is on what we can do to be better. I don’t really have time to get involved in things that are said about the program or about me.”
Sumlin entered this season under some pressure, after winning at least five games in a row to start each of the past three seasons, only to finish 8-5 each time. Texas AM athletic director Scott Woodward said this offseason that Sumlin “has to win this year. He has to do better than he has done in the past.”
The fact that the Aggies gave up a 34-point lead in the second half of Sunday’s 45-44 loss only increased the chatter about Sumlin, who is in a make-or-break season. He has two years left on his contract after this year and is 44-22 in five-plus seasons at Texas AM.
While Buzbee was highly critical, Charles Schwartz — the chairperson of Texas AM’s board of regents — took a much more hands-off approach regarding Sumlin.
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–ESPN college football reporter Adam Rittenberg contributed to this report.