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hard to say he (someone) wasn't seeing around the curve at that point.
Great find but that's not Brent Z. "Geurig Emig" - took multiple tries to get past iPhone autocorrect.
Basically, it will be easy for Byrne to do what he should have done in Franchione's wake. If only he had read something Brent Zwerneman wrote in the San Antonio Express-News last fall:
"Sumlin would be a good fit in Aggieland... Unlike the huge price tag that comes with an established coach, A&M can get Sumlin on the relative cheap – and let the hungry coach prove himself from there.
"Sumlin earned too brief of a shot as A&M’s offensive coordinator in coach R.C. Slocum’s final season of 2002. The results were dramatic – Slocum just should have handed Sumlin, who was the Aggies’ receivers coach, the reins from Dino Babers earlier than four games into that final season.
"Plus, it’s high time one of this state’s major colleges at least took a long look at hiring an African-American coach. About two-thirds of A&M’s roster of scholarship players is black – but the Aggies, along with Texas, Baylor, Texas Tech and on down the line – have never had a black head coach.
"Sumlin, who grew up in Indiana, played linebacker exceptionally at Purdue in the mid 1980s, so he knows that side of the ball, as well.
"A&M fans would love that he’s spent five seasons alongside Stoops, as well. OU’s luminous coach has turned loose some pretty good assistants in the Big 12 in Texas Tech’s Mike Leach and Kansas’s Mark Mangino.
"Sumlin, a sharp and personable sort who’s good with the media (hey, it’s important to us!), should earn at least a consideration."
Not that that's not close to what happened. Not sure SUmlin was ready at that point he learned some valuable lessons as HC at Houston.
Good foresight, but it think he would have been a little too green if we hired him in 2008. Plus, would he have been able to lure in the top flight assistants he has if we got him then? I wish we could have erased the Sherman era from our minds, but I do think we hired Sumlin at the right time.
This post was edited by JeffAggie04 17 months ago
My bad. Missed that line on my iPhone.
No prob, just wanted to make sure you saw it.
I'd much rather erase the Fran years. Sherman did ten times as much for this program as Fran
Edit: I agree that Sumlin would not have been the coach he is today for us if we hired him four years ago
This post was edited by shermanager11 17 months ago
This. For those that criticize Sherman, remember what he had when he got here and see how he left us (the vast majority of talent on the field this year). Might not have gotten us to the promised land, but he did a hell of a lot for us.
Sherm was the best there is at finding talent that most big programs didn't want. Can't lie.
DaMontre for one.
Well, no kidding, so would I. But that wasn't part of the discussion since the article basically said we could have hired Sumlin at the time we hired Sherman. I would, honestly, just as soon erase the past ten years of Aggie football from my memory banks except for a few players and a few shining moments. Both coaches were atrocious, but Fran much more so. It was like a decade long nightmare that I am SOOOOOOO glad is over now.
Can throw Mike Evans, Deshazor Everett, Steven Jenkins, Jarvis Harrison in there too. Sherman wasn't the guy to take us where we want to be, but he was and is a pretty damn good coach and left the situation a lot better than he found it.
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