Kevin Sumlin to be new Arizona football coach


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.

Sumlin was sacked from Texas A&M after six seasons in which he compiled a 51-26 record.

Former Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin has reached an agreement to become the next head coach at Arizona, according to multiple reports.

Arizona fired Rich Rodriguez on January 2 amid allegations that he created a hostile work environment and sexually harassed his former administrative assistant.

Feldman also reported Sumlin will retain defensive coordinator Marcel Yates, with Noel Mazzone and Clarence McKinney expected to join the staff as offensive coordinator and running backs coach.

Arizona was believed to be targeting Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo for its vacancy, but The Arizona Daily Star confirmed Sunday that Niumatalolo would stay at Navy.

Gil Brandt of SiriusXM reported that Sumlin is heading to Arizona.

Sumlin helped Johnny Manziel win the Heisman Trophy in 2012. Rodriguez, according to a U of A statement at the time, was the subject of an investigation into accusations of sexual harassment.

Arizona has one of the most exciting quarterbacks in the country in Khalil Tate, who was the PAC-12's newcomer of the year.

Texas A&M owes him a buyout of $10.4 million, which will not be offset by his salary at Arizona. He was the SEC Coach of the Year during his first season at A&M when he led the Aggies to an 11-2 record.