Coach Kevin Sumlin stepped behind the “orange curtain” Thursday night to tout his Texas A&M football team and help Aggie alums raise money for scholarships.
Sumlin, in his sixth year as the Aggies’ head coach, was the featured draw at the annual Coaches Night sponsored by the Capital City A&M Club held at the H.E.B. Center.
And although Sumlin is fighting mightily with Tom Herman for the top recruits in Texas, he’s expecting success for the new Longhorns coach. After all, former Houston Cougar head coaches stick together.
“Tom and I did satellite camps last year,” Sumlin said. “Obviously, we didn’t do them this year. We have a lot of things in common and we’ve known each other for a long time.
“He was at Rice and (Owls coach) David Bailiff is a really good friend. … Obviously being at the University of Houston, there’s some insight there. So I’ve known a Tom a long time. He’s very talented. He’s done a great job where ever he’s been. I don’t think that’s going to be any different.”
Sumlin also was asked the obligatory questions about whether the Aggies and Longhorns ever will play again in football. The two rivals haven’t played a football game since 2011. Then A&M left for the SEC.
“Me, personally? I think over the course of time that’s going to happen,” Sumlin said. “With our move to the SEC scheduling has become a real issue.”
A&M finishes a home-and-home series with UCLA this season, then has Clemson, Colorado and Notre Dame as marquee non-conference opponents. The Aggies, like other SEC schools, play four non-conference games, including one in November. Texas, and other Big 12 teams, play three non-conference games.
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