Texas A&M Makes Kevin Sumlin a Five Million Dollar Man

By DJ Byrnes on December 13, 2013 at 11:24a
Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin will be getting paid $5 million a year from now on. That's paper.

From USA Today:

Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin will become college football's third $5 million-a-year coach under a six-year contract extension that was approved by the university's board of regents and executed Thursday, according to a release from the school's athletics department.

The deal runs through Dec. 31, 2019, and includes a $5 million buyout if Sumlin decides to terminate it without cause.

Sumlin joins Alabama's Nick Saban and Texas' Mack Brown as coaches with recurring compensation from their schools of at least $5 million.

What was it philosopher-king Juicy J said? "Now that's paper." There's also a five million dollar buyout attached to the extension, which would be a hefty fee for any NFL franchise looking to pry Sumlin from College Station.

For comparison's sake, Ohio State's Urban Meyer makes ~$4.6 million as a base salary. He is the sixth highest paid coach in country, according to USA Today's head coaching salary database. (Assistant salary database can be found here.)

Regardless, college coaching salaries are back on the rise, and this is even before Texas would presumably make a Godfather-offer to Nick Saban if the Horns are able to "rid" themselves of national title-winning coach Mack Brown.


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ATXbucknut's picture

I would expect nothing less than A&M overpaying for a coach; they'll never be truly elite and  typically make bone-headed decisions like this. They willl always be second-fiddle to UT in the state (once UT replaces Mack).
Sumlin is a good coach, but not $5 million-a-year good. The BOR and TAMU may not regret this decision wholesale, but they will one day realize that they did not get the bang for the buck they anticipated. 
A&M is now the Iowa of the SEC.

Alice in Aggieland's picture

Which is lot like where they were when they were the A&M of the Big 12.

Kaceybrown's picture

Post Manziel, I bet A&M is a regular 6-6 program. 

4thandinches's picture


I wasn't born a Buckeye but I became one as fast as I could. 

jeremytwoface's picture

You know what's crazy about college football???
It's that, if he wanted to, Sumlin could go win the Chic-Fil-A Bowl, get an offer from Texas for more money, and just leave.

And when we win the game, we'll buy a keg of boooooooooze!! And we'll drink to old Ohio 'till we wobble in our shoes.

GABuckeye's picture

He's not worth $5M, especially with the defense he put out on the field this year.  Manziel had to single-handedly save that team's ass, and they still lost 4 games.  But keep overpaying your coaches SEC; it'll be better for everyone else in the long run. 

buckeyeEddie27's picture

This man should bow down and thank Johnny Foosball on all fours.   smh.

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

aphill89's picture

gettin that joe flacco treatment

"The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win." - Wayne Woodrow Hayes 

otrain2416's picture

Should have waited til the season after Manziel to see how good of a coach he really is

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

TheHumbleBuckeye's picture

This isn't to lock him up from Texas or Alabama (if Saban were to leave for Texas). Money is no object to Texas, so this wouldn't deter them from going after Sumlin. And Saban's buyout is huge, and Alabama would have more than enough money to get Sumlin (thanks to Texas picking up the tab) if Saban were to leave.
Here's what I think this is about.
His alma mater, Purdue, is going to offer Sumlin serious money if Hazell turns them around and then inevitably goes to Rutgers (or if Hazell fails and is fired). I don't know if he'll listen, but if anyone is flush enough with cash to make him listen, it's Purdue. No one has spent less on coaches in the era of BTN money than Purdue.
This is Sumlin's way of making anyone who comes after him pony up enough money to show that they not only want him, but they're willing to allow him the financial resources to succeed. It shows they have skin in the game. Because if any school has a question mark about whether or not they're serious about spending what is needed to compete, it's Purdue.
Just a theory.

amk1616's picture

SEC!!! SEC!!! SEC!!! SEC!!! SEC!!! SEC!!! SEC!!! SEC!!!
In the defense of A&M, what choice did they have?  They are losing Manziel, they can't afford to lose the Sumlim as well.

TheHumbleBuckeye's picture

You're right that they can't afford to lose Sumlin. For all the hype, aTm is actually a mediocre program historically. Last year was the first time they won bowl games in back to back seasons since 1939-1940. Only won one conference championship in the past 20 years, and were 2-12 in bowl games between 1991-2010. And College Station isn't exactly a desirable place to live.

RedsBuckeyeBoy's picture

Sumlin at $5 mil/yr?! Look at the pic. Even he is surprised!
Thanks, aggies, for overpaying for mediocrity. This means UFM will be in for a raise soon. Sumlin can't be making more than Meyer. Order will need to be restored.

4thandinches's picture

I just don't get it. Manziel is the only reason they are winning. That defense is so porous it's laughable. A&M is going to be hurting bad when Manziel leaves. 

I wasn't born a Buckeye but I became one as fast as I could.