Originally Posted by sandman
Sumlin is going to be a very solid and successful college head coach in his career, and maybe at some point down the road he will try to make the jump to the NFL. But to say right now today, with a coaching resume that has one year as head coach in a major conference, that he could step in and take the Texans farther than Kubiak can? Please...
This is only being brought up because he was "local" at UofH and is now at A&M. If he would have been head coach at Purdue or Clemson for one year and accomplished what he did at A&M, this conversation doesn't happen.
Sumlin took two programs who weren't even a blip on the radar of NCAA prominence, UH and A&M, and made them relevant from a recruiting and weekly standings standpoint.
I don't think it matters that he's been at two colleges that are in Texas, though it makes it easier for us to recognize what he's accomplished because frankly those two colleges are consistently talked about in our sports media outlets because they are, well ya' know...in Texas. We are familiar with what he's done.
I admit that there are probably coaches elsewhere in the NCAA who should command the same sort of attention, but they don't get the attention because we're not following their college and their conference, etc.
Still, I can't think of another NCAA head coach who has been a part of one very successful season in one spot...then went to a new location the next year and found almost instant success AGAIN. Not as quickly as Sumlin has.
If he brings that A&M team to Top 5 status in 2013, either A&M is going to lock him up with more money and more security than he could ever get in the NFL, or he'll be looking to parlay that success into an NFL job.
Players aren't the only ones in NCAA football who need to judge whether they should declare for the NFL early or stay another year. And with Case Keenum and TJ Yates on the roster, IF there was a move to be made, it makes it easy for McNair and Smith to let Schaub go since Sumlin has no "loyalty factor" tying him to Schaub. It'd be the perfect way for McNair to break from Kubiak and Schaub all at once, but keeping the Public Relations vibe strong with fans in the area. Ticket sales would remain steady and even grow some more, IMO.