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Kevin Sumlin ‘frustrated and not happy’ by regent’s demand for ouster

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Kevin Sumlin has heard the rumblings from one of Texas A&M’s regents, and it’s no surprise: The Aggies coach doesn’t like what he’s hearing. During his weekly press conference Tuesday, Sumlin said he was “frustrated and not happy” about the demands for his job.

Houston lawyer Tony Buzbee, a member of the Texas A&M board of regents, issued a post on Facebook late Sunday night calling for Sumlin to “go now” after the Aggies let a 34-point lead slip away in a 45-44 loss to UCLA.

Among other things, Buzbee accused Sumlin of arrogance and poor handling of controversies, and that prompted the coach to respond.

Meanwhile, in spite of Buzbee’s statements, the head of the board of regents doesn’t appear to be swayed.

Charles Schwartz, the head of A&M’s board, said he considered his personal opinion irrelevant when determining Sumlin’s future.

The next step for Texas A&M is finding a replacement for quarterback Nick Starkel. The freshman is expected to miss extended playing time due to a foot injury sustained against UCLA.

True freshman Kellen Mond entered for Starkel but struggled mightily, completing just three of his 17 passes.

Sumlin said that Mond made some “freshman mistakes,” but said it’s important to make sure the offense is playing to his strengths.

He also said the Aggies receivers didn’t exactly help the young quarterback out.

If Mond starts slowly again, another option at quarterback may be senior Jake Hubenak, who filled in for Trevor Knight after the graduate transfer injured his shoulder last November. Running back Trayveon Williams expects Hubenak to get some playing time next week:

Sumlin said that Hubenak was available to play last week, but he felt that Mond’s running ability made him better suited for running down the clock.

The Aggies next play Saturday against Nicholls State, followed by another non-conference matchup against Louisiana-Lafayette on September 16. Those games lead up to a difficult stretch of conference games, including Arkansas, South Carolina, Alabama and Florida.

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