Few coaches have done more to help their job status in the past month than Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin.
After a miserable start to the season, the Aggies have turned things around and sit at 5-2 during their bye week. And perhaps most impressively, the Aggies played the No. 1-ranked Crimson Tide to a 27-19 game. The Aggies lost, but they have been the only team so far to play No. 1 Alabama within single digits this season.
And it looks like the Aggies have found a possible long-term answer at the quarterback position as freshman Kellen Mond has emerged as a solid starter with huge upside for the Aggies.
Sumlin was on perhaps the hottest seat in the country this season, when you factor in the support of his administration and fan support, which, as of a month ago, was in the tank.
In the previous SEC Country poll, Sumlin came in with a 28.3 approval rating. To date, that was the lowest rating of any coach in the history of the poll.
The Aggies began the 2016 season 7-1, but Trevor Knight’s right shoulder injury led to a 1-4 finish. Texas A&M lost its last two games — to LSU and Kansas State — with Knight back in the lineup.
Sumlin reportedly was paid about $5 million in 2016. The Aggies have a challenging final five games, which see them take on Mississippi State, Auburn, New Mexico and Ole Miss before wrapping up the season against the LSU Tigers. Texas A&M meets the Bulldogs on Saturday at Kyle Field. Kickoff is set for 7:15 pm.
Vote on Kevin Sumlin’s approval rating
The SEC Country approval rating poll is designed to give an indication of fan happiness over a period of time.
Our formula is based on the percentage of respondents that select each answer. We multiply that percentage by the following factors: 1 (strongly approve), 0.67 (approve), 0.33 (disapprove) and 0.0 (strongly disapprove). In other words, if 50 percent of respondents select “strongly approve” and 50 percent select “approve,” the formula would be (50 x 1) + (50 x 0.67) = 83.5% approval rating.
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