Earlier in the week Texas A&M cancelled a white nationalist rally that was scheduled for Sept. 11 due to security concerns.
Sumlin, who spoke for the first time since the school’s decision on Saturday, praised the announcement.
“I’m really proud of [the school’s decision],” Sumlin told reporters on Saturday. “I was thankful and very, very proud of Chancellor [John] Sharp and our president to put an end to it.
“When leadership comes to the front, and our leadership did that,” Sumlin said. “We’ve talked about that as a team too, and our appreciation for our leadership to step in. It’s big for the players, big for our coaching staff — it’s big for everybody.
The white nationalist protests have begun to gain extra attention since the events in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend where a woman was killed after a car drove into a group of counter protesters that also injured 19 others. The university of Florida also announced this week that it would be not be renting space on its campus for a white nationalist rally.
The Aggies and Sumlin open the 2017 season on the road against UCLA on Sept. 3.
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