Texas A&M, Sumlin agree to six-year deal

The Sports Xchange
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Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin reached a six-year agreement to continue guiding the Aggies through 2019, athletic director Eric Hyman announced Saturday.
The Aggies, No. 21 in the BCS Standings, are 8-3 heading into Saturday night's game at No. 5 Missouri.
"Coach Sumlin has demonstrated why he is considered among the nation's elite football coaches," Hyman said in a statement. "His coaching and recruiting abilities are only secondary to his integrity, class and passion for his student-athletes and this University. Texas A&M is making a sincere commitment to Kevin. We are fortunate that he is committed to remain an Aggie for a long time to come, and we are excited about what the future has in store."
Sumlin, 49, is 19-5 in two years as the Aggies coach. He was a rumored candidate for the Southern Cal job but opted to stay put at A&M with a new deal.
"I am humbled and very appreciative of the commitment that Texas A&M has extended not only to me and my family, but to our football program overall," Sumlin said in a statement. "We have only just begun to lay the foundation for sustained, long-term success here at Texas A&M, and we will work hard every day to make this great institution and the 12th Man proud."
The Aggies finished last season in the top five for the first time in 56 years, including a win over eventual national champion Alabama. Sumlin also helped groom quarterback Johnny Manziel into a Heisman Trophy winner.
Sumlin is 54-22 as a head coach over six years, including leading the University of Houston. The Cougars won a school-record 12 games in 2011 before Sumlin came to A&M.