After six years, Texas A&M has fired head coach Kevin Sumlin. Sumlin finishes his A&M career with a 51-26 record. He ranks No. 4 all-time in wins among Aggie coaches. However, he had an SEC record of only 25-23 and 16-20 vs. the SEC West. He also failed to ever beat LSU.

Sumlin signed a six-year contract extension after the 2013 season for $30 million over six seasons. It was fully guaranteed and the Aggies must pay the approximately $10.4 million remainder of the balance within 60 days of his termination. However, there is a chance the two sides negotiate a lower buyout as Sumlin is considered a candidate for the vacant Arizona State head coaching position that also opened on Sunday and wants to move quickly toward that goal.


Special teams and tight ends coach Jeff Banks will serve as the interim coach for the bowl game.

Sumlin came to Aggieland after a successful stint at Houston, where he went 35-17 in four seasons, including 12-1 in 2011. He was hired after that season by A&M.

After serving as the Aggies’ offensive coordinator in 2002, Sumlin made his return to Texas A&M when he was named the head coach on Dec. 10, 2011, replacing the fired Mike Sherman.