With a 51-26 record at Texas A&M, Sumlin was released after the 2017 regular season and has been replaced by Coach Jimbo Fisher, former head coach for Florida State University.
However, Texas A&M didn't finish above.500 in the SEC in any of Sumlin's final five seasons with Texas A&M as his stock dropped. And according to a report, Sumlin is set to be the next coach at Arizona.
Sumlin has experience recruiting top prospects in Arizona.
He has a previous working relationship at Texas A&M with UA defensive coordinator Marcel Yates, who is so popular with the Wildcats that many players campaigned on social media for him to be the new head coach.
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Sumlin is also expected to bring in Clarence McKinney as running backs coach.
He is a "name" coach who will immediately intrigue the Arizona fan base.
The news, confirmed by multiple outlets such as Bruce Feldman and ESPN, comes just under two weeks since the firing of former head coach Rich Rodriguez following sexual harassment and hostile workplace allegations.
His first year at A&M was his best, as the Aggies finished 11-2 and redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel won the Heisman Trophy. He never had a losing season at A&M, though his support ran thin after the Aggies had three consecutive eight-win seasons from 2014-16. The following season, Sumlin led Texas A&M to nine wins and another bowl victory, this time defeating Duke in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.