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Texas A&M announced Sunday it is parting ways with coach Kevin Sumlin after six seasons at the school.
The move comes one day after the Aggies fell 45-21 at LSU to complete their regular season at 7-5.
Sumlin had his best result in his first season when A&M joined the Southeastern Conference in 2012. With quarterback Johnny Manziel leading the way, the Aggies won at Alabama and finished 11-2. Manziel became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy.
Those results set high expectations that Sumlin was unable to reach during the rest of his tenure. The team never finished higher than fourth in the SEC West after his first season and only one reached nine wins once.
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Athletic director Scott Woodward said before the season he wanted to see improvement in order for Sumlin to keep his job. The loss LSU meant a bowl win would have only equaled the team’s 8-5 record from the three previous seasons.
“Kevin’s tenure included some remarkable achievements and he leaves our program as one of the winningest football coaches in our storied history,” said Woodward in a statement. “Kevin made us a better all-around football program and led our program with dignity and character. He’s a first-class person.
“Our expectations at A&M are very high. We believe that we should compete for SEC championships on an annual basis and, at times, national championships. I believe that we need a new coach to take us there. On behalf of Aggies everywhere, my thanks to Kevin and his family for his service to Texas A&M. I wish him the very best.”
Sumlin, who won 35 games in four seasons at Houston before taking the Texas A&M job, finishes with a 51-26 record in College Station.
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