Kevin Sumlin was already starting to lose the faith of many Texas A&M fans, so blowing a 34-point lead against UCLA didn’t do himself any favors with those in College Station — or with Stephen A. Smith.
ESPN’s boisterous personality has argued adamantly about many things on a daily basis. After all, it’s his job to do that on First Take with co-host Max Kellerman. However, he was in a higher gear than usual when talking about Sumlin on Tuesday.
While Kellerman and moderator Molly Querim tried their best to defend Sumlin and deflect some of the blame targeted at him, it simply didn’t fly with the man that has been nicknamed “Screamin’ A. Smith.”
No excuses for this type of collapse. https://t.co/oBvYRYuJOc
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) September 4, 2017
“The fact is, you built expectations, and when you build those expectations you’re supposed to build upon them, not dissipate and damn near be on the verge of disintegrating from the hierarchy of the conference, but that’s what’s been happening,” Smith said.
Smith wasn’t going to let Kellerman enter the debate before adding some more.
“If you’re going back-to-back-to-back 8-5 seasons, your defense is porous, if the athletic director goes on the record and tells you you’re on the hot seat,” Smith said. “Remember, Max, you got people there that want to bring Chip Kelly in there because the sanctions are over.”
Smith dismissed any notion that starting quarterback Nick Starkel’s injury or the defense being on the field too much were legitimate reasons for the collapse against the Bruins.
“Stop, 34? You can make five mistakes and still hold on to the damn lead, and you two are going to sit here on national television making an excuse for this?”
Kellerman gave credit to the Aggies for getting out to a 34-point lead in the first place and also made the case that the Aggies ran into a lot of bad luck in the last 16 minutes of the game.
“He’s on the hot seat because your résumé matters,” Smith countered. “I don’t care if three quarterbacks got hurt. Hold on (to the lead).”
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