The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

Advertisement
Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp attends the Class of 1972 50-year reunion in Kyle Field on April 20, 2022.
A&M System’s Title IX director suspended after supporting Biden's Title IX changes
Nicholas Gutteridge, Managing Editor • May 23, 2024
Advertisement
Texas A&M outfielder Jace Laviolette (17) robs a home run from Florida infielder Cade Kurland (4) in the top of the ninth inning during Texas A&M’s game against Florida at the NCAA Men’s College World Series at Charles Schwab Field in Omaha, Nebraska on Sunday, June 15, 2024. (Hannah Harrison/The Battalion)
Saves and a robbery
Ian Curtis, Sports Reporter • June 16, 2024

Texas A&M baseball sophomore RF Jace LaViolette is known for his bat — and for good reason. LaViolette ranks sixth in the country in home...

Advertisement
The Fighting Texas Aggie Band performs at halftime during Texas A&Ms football game against ULM at Kyle Field on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
Gridiron glory to multi-event marvel
Shalina Sabih, Sports Writer • June 7, 2024

Special teams: Special events  “My favorite thing about an event is seeing the people come into the stadium and seeing their excitement...

Kennedy White, 19, sits for a portrait in the sweats she wore the night of her alleged assault inside the Y.M.C.A building that holds Texas A&M’s Title IX offices in College Station, Texas on Feb. 16, 2024 (Ishika Samant/The Battalion).
'I was terrified'
April 25, 2024
Advertisement
Chris Hemsworth as Dementus in Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga.
Review: ‘Furiosa’ is a must-see
Justin ChenJune 4, 2024

My jaw dropped open in 2016. Rarely in life does that happen, but the viewing experience of “Mad Max: Fury Road" was something to behold....

Texas A&M outfielder Jace Laviolette (17) robs a home run from Florida infielder Cade Kurland (4) in the top of the ninth inning during Texas A&M’s game against Florida at the NCAA Men’s College World Series at Charles Schwab Field in Omaha, Nebraska on Sunday, June 15, 2024. (Hannah Harrison/The Battalion)
Saves and a robbery
June 16, 2024

Sumlin sticks to script despite pressure

A%26amp%3BM+head+coach+Kevin+Sumlin+addressed+the+ongoing+conversation+about+his+job+security+on+the+Internet+and+social+media+at+his+Tuesday+press+conference.%26%23160%3B%26%23160%3B
Photo by Photo by Hanna Hausman

A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin addressed the ongoing conversation about his job security on the Internet and social media at his Tuesday press conference.  

Despite having to field some hard-hitting questions, Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin was his emotionally-steady self at his weekly press conference on Tuesday afternoon.
Since Saturday’s loss to Auburn, there has been much speculation that the Sumlin era would be coming to a close in Aggieland after this season, if not sooner. However, when Sumlin was asked if he has discussed his future at A&M with athletic director Scott Woodward, he said he has not.
“We don’t get together until later in the week, he’s always around,” Sumlin said. “Early in the week it wouldn’t be uncommon for us not to get together. He’s usually around practice so when the injury situation clears up that’s when we have a discussion. So, no we haven’t really talked.”
Two decades ago, this speculation would not have as been as widespread. However, the integration of social media has augmented the spread of opinions, thoughts and ideas. Outside noise can often times affect the players in the locker room. But Sumlin said he thinks it is important that his players do not get caught up in what outside people are staying, but recognized that it’s nearly impossible in contemporary society to not allow players to use social media.
“You can ask players to stay away from social media, but that’s asking a lot. I don’t think it’s possible in this day and age,” Sumlin said. “I can’t control the outside message. What’s important is that the message in our meeting room becomes the message.”
Regardless of the speculation surrounding his future on social media, Sumlin insisted that his mindset is unchanged, focusing on one game at a time.
“Whatever happens on Saturday, you move on to the next week,” Sumlin said. “That’s how I approach it, and that’s how I’ll continue to approach it going forward. The big picture will take care of itself.”
Sumlin is currently focusing on the last home game of the season against New Mexico. Though the game is not expected to be close, the game itself will feature two coaching staffs that have close ties.
New Mexico head coach Bob Davie was on the A&M coaching staff for eight seasons, from 1985-93. He spent four years as the outside linebackers coach and four years as the defensive coordinator. Jordan Peterson, New Mexico’s current safeties coach, played four seasons for the Aggies and then spent two years as a graduate assistant. Sumlin and A&M offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone were also on staff with New Mexico wide receivers coach Cory Martin at Minnesota.
Sumlin said New Mexico has almost 20 players from Texas on their roster and praised the Lobos’ strong running game.
“They use a lot of motion and a lot of different options,” Sumlin said. “They want to run it. They’re creative in how they run it. They use a lot of read-option schemes and have been one of the top schools in the country running the ball.”
Saturday’s game will also be the last home football game radio broadcaster Dave South will call. South has been “The Voice of The Aggies” since 1985 and announced in August he will be retiring from announcing football and basketball games after this season. South will continue to call Aggie baseball games past this season.
“It’s an emotional time,” Sumlin said. “To be around a legend like him, a guy who’s truly excited about Texas A&M sports across the board and whose voice is recognized nationwide; you become friends with those who have been in a foxhole with you.”

Navigate Left
Navigate Right
  • Under Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M is 3-12 against SEC West opponents at Kyle Field. The Aggies have also lost seven straight home games to divisional foes. 

    Photo by Photo by Cristian Aguirre

Leave a Comment
Donate to The Battalion

Your donation will support the student journalists of Texas A&M University - College Station. Your contribution will allow us to purchase equipment and cover our annual website hosting costs.

More to Discover
Donate to The Battalion

Comments (0)

All The Battalion Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *