If Kevin Sumlin feels any pressure to save his job in 2017, he didn’t show it at SEC Media Days. Sumlin enters the 2017 season with a cloud of doubt hanging over him, one that came from his own athletic director Scott Woodward, who publicly said in May that Sumlin “has to win this year.” The sixth-year head coach maintains the expectations he had from Day 1 in College Station have remained the same: Win, and win often. “Listen, the pressure I'm feeling is the same pressure I feel all of the time,” Sumlin said at SEC Media Days. “And so nobody puts more pressure on me than me. … It never changed from the first day I got here when we opened with Florida and lost and then went on to win however many games we won or whatever happens.” Still, it’s hard to ignore Texas A&M’s seeming inability to maintain sustained success over the course of a season — and talk of Sumlin on the hot seat. Over the last three years, Sumlin’s Aggies have started the season with at least a 5-0 record (6-0 in 2014), climbing as high as No. 6 in 2014, No. 14 in 2015 and No. 8 in 2016. Those runs ended with a 48-31 loss to No. 12 Mississippi State, a 41-23 loss to No. 10 Alabama and a 33-14 loss to No. 1 Alabama in 2014, ‘15 and ‘16, respectively. They finished those seasons a combined 8-15. That’s certainly not good enough for the Aggies again in 2017, who join the rest of the SEC in trying to close the gap — or at least keep up with — Alabama, which has won 17 consecutive conference games and three consecutive SEC titles.
Kevin Sumlin has pressure-cooker season ahead of him at Texas A&M
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