Kevin Sumlin Reportedly to Be Named Arizona HC After Rich Rodriguez's Firing

  • Kevin Sumlin Reportedly to Be Named Arizona HC After Rich Rodriguez's Firing

Kevin Sumlin Reportedly to Be Named Arizona HC After Rich Rodriguez's Firing

Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo was rumored to be in the mix, but has reportedly removed himself from contention. He posted a 51-26 record across six seasons at Texas A&M prior to being fired at the end of the 2017 campaign, a firing which we didn't completely agree with at the time.

After a near two week search, it appears Arizona football has found their new head coach in the form of former Texas A&M and Houston head man Kevin Sumlin.

A source familiar with Arizona's interviewing process had indicated Saturday that Sumlin was not in the running. Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate is probably happy.

Sumlin was a two-time Conference USA Coach of the Year with the Cougars. Sports Illustrated's Bruce Feldman reported Sumlin will retain UA defensive coordinator and interim head coach Marcel Yates, who coached under Sumlin at Texas A&M.

Sumlin also went 35-17 in his previous stop at Houston over the course of four years.

Arizona fired Rich Rodriguez on January 2 amid allegations that he created a hostile work environment and sexually harassed his former administrative assistant. Although Sumlin didn't succeed in his final years at Texas A&M - under the Aggies' standards - he did connect with his players and bring the Aggies close to contention.

In his debut season in 2012, he led the Aggies to their first Top 5 finish in over a half a century.