Two Things to Look Forward To
Kevin Sumlin's contract numbers won't be out until next week, but projections have the deal in the neighborhood of 3.4 million.
College Hoops today - Sure, A&M’s tournament chances might have about the same odds Hans Gruber had of surviving that fall off of Nakatomi Plaza, but that doesn’t mean that college basketball isn’t still as awesome as ever. With today being a national holiday, ESPN has a solid slate of games starting at 2:30, and it tips off with a bang with a game between #21 Cincinnati and #3 Syracuse.
One Week Closer to NSD - Let’s face it, this time of year every day is a day to look forward to because you never know when recruiting news is going to hit. The Aggies still have quite a few irons in the fire despite already having a pretty large class.
Four Stories We’re Watching
LB Coach Search Continues: With Tyrone Nix and Vernon Hargreaves we’ve now heard a couple of potential names for the open linebackers coach position, but the search continues as of this morning. Will the Aggies have their new coach in the fold this week?
Aggie Hoops Needs 2: We’ll at least find out if the A&M basketball team has some fight still in them this week. They take on two SEC cellar-dwellars in LSU and Georgia this week.
Women’s Team Surging: Gary Blair talked about this before the season, that their murderer’s row of a schedule early in the year would be good for them later on, and it appears he’s right. Despite a rough start to the season, the A&M women’s team is off to a 4-1 start in the SEC, with the only loss being a close one at #6 Kentucky. The Aggies are now up to #16 in the rankings.
Sumlin and Staff Raises: Texas A&M announced over the weekend that deals had been reached in principle with Kevin Sumlin and the remaining staff from this season. The deals won’t be finalized until the A&M Board of Regents meets at the end of the month, at that time is when we’ll get the final details of the contracts. However, the popular thought is that Sumlin’s contract will be somewhere in the 3.3 - 3.5 million dollar range.
Seven Thoughts for the Week
Hugh Freeze has something working late in the recruiting cycle.
1 - Well, basketball was fun while it lasted right? A&M’s NCAA hopes no sit somewhere between my odds of winning a Pulitzer and Hamm’s odds of ever actually paying up on last year’s “Call Me Maybe” bet. They’re not good is what I’m saying.
2 - Ole Miss is on the warpath late in the recruiting cycle, and the rest of the SEC should take notice. People have been talking about A&M vs Alabama as the “Game of the Year” next year in the SEC, and it probably will be. But instead of the late November game at LSU, it might be the October 12th game in Oxford that is A&M’s toughest road test of the season. Whatever Hugh Freeze is doing, it seems to be working.
3 - If the Ravens win the Super Bowl, Jim Caldwell and Jacoby Jones would get championship rings. Life just isn’t fair sometimes. However, could we ask for a more dramatic final to the season? The Harbaugh Brothers really are something, and the way Jim Harbaugh has brought the 49ers back to the top is really something to appreciate.
4 - We’re officially within one month of first pitch at Blue Bell Park, and it should be quite the season for A&M fans with it being the first season in the powerhouse SEC. The biggest question one month out is what exactly A&M’s weekend rotation will look like this season, but I tend to agree with Kendall Rogers who said on Twitter he thinks it will be Kyle Martin, Daniel Mengden and Rafael Pineda.
5 - Fans might want to start tuning in to what Gary Blair and the women’s team is doing mid-season. The Aggies had a tough early schedule and dropped out of the rankings, but their young team is coming together and could really be a force by March.
6 - We’re one week closer everyone. Another flipped commitment from A&M and two more committed players visiting the Aggies this weekend is another reminder that the word “commitment” probably isn’t the right one to describe high school players. Perhaps 247 should have a more nuanced scale like facebook where a player can be committed if they’re a hard commit, “it’s complicated” if they’re leaning toward a school, or “in an open relationship” if they’re committed but taking visits. Either way, we’re only a couple more weeks from the end of the madness for 2013 and the start of the new cycle for 2014.
7 - Finally, it’s Martin Luther King Jr. day, and every year around this time the issue of minority coaches comes up in the national media. Just yesterday I saw them talking about expanding the Rooney Rule in the NFL on the CBS Broadcast. Hopefully, a day comes where this isn’t an issue anymore, but for now, it certainly is. I also think the NFL applying the rule to coordinator positions in a great idea, because that’s where most head coaches come from.