Just about everyone knows Kevin Sumlin is on the hot seat.
“We just do our best not to worry about that,” Texas A&M offensive tackle Koda Martin said. “We don’t think about that. It’s not our concern. Our concern is we have a saying that, ‘It’s about us.’ And so we don’t worry about the voices that are going on outside of the program. … We trust that our coaching staff is doing everything they can to win.”
Sumlin hasn’t let the hot seat perception hinder him on the recruiting trail. The Aggies have the No. 3 recruiting class in the SEC for the 2018 campaign, and the No. 11 class overall. While the Aggies saw Florida jump into the No. 2 spot, LSU fell to No. 4
In the previous SEC Country poll, Sumlin climbed over the 60 percent threshold, reaching a 62.7 approval rating. And while it was his highest rating in months, it was once again the lowest rating among SEC coaches.
The biggest question for the Aggies in the coming season will be the quarterback position. The Aggies’ spring game didn’t provide an answer.
The Aggies began the 2016 season 7-1, but Trevor Knight’s right shoulder injury led to a 1-4 finish. Texas A&M lost its last two games, to LSU and Kansas State, with Knight back in the lineup.
Now the Aggies must replace Knight — but there isn’t an apparent equivalent available. Early reports make it appear that Nick Starkel will be the Week 1 starter. The Aggies open their season on the road against UCLA on Sept. 3.
Sumlin reportedly was paid about $5 million in 2016. His record at Texas A&M is 44-21.
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The SEC Country approval rating poll is designed to give an indication of fan happiness over a period of time.
Our formula is based on the percentage of respondents that select each answer. We multiply that percentage by the following factors: 1 (strongly approve), 0.67 (approve), 0.33 (disapprove) and 0.0 (strongly disapprove). In other words, if 50 percent of respondents select “strongly approve” and 50 percent select “approve,” the formula would be (50 x 1) + (50 x 0.67) = 83.5% approval rating.
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