Many are calling for Texas A&M to fire Kevin Sumlin after last night’s stunning defeat vs. UCLA. However, Paul Finebaum refuses to join the pack placing the Aggies coach on the hot seat for a single loss.
The ESPN personality joined The Opening Drive to discuss Texas A&M’s historic meltdown. While Finebaum believes this is a loss that will haunt the Aggies, he doesn’t agree Sumlin should be let go merely because of it.
“That’s something that you have to take a deep breath on and let it settle. There is naturally an overreaction. Until the last couple minutes of the game I thought A&M looked like a different team. You cannot wipe away the way that game ended. That will live with this program for a long time…You can’t fire a coach after one game…I do not think they’re going to overreact. You can’t do that. It makes no sense to pull the plug on the coach after one game.”
Finebaum believes Sumlin’s moment of truth will occur after the Oct. 14 road game at Florida. The Aggies will have an off-week and he thinks their record at that point in the season is the more reason time to make a decision on retaining Sumlin or not.
Off week in late October is the line of demarkation. What’s his record going to be?…If he has three or four losses, that could very well be the end.
Texas A&M hosts Nicholls State on Sept. 9, with the game televised on ESPNU.
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