GN’s take: Forget wins, key number for Kevin Sumlin might be $10 million buyout

HOOVER, Ala. – Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin makes $5 million a year and is 24-15 overall and 11-13 in the SEC over the past three seasons.

Those aren’t $5 million-a-year numbers, and everyone knows it.

A&M athletic director Scott Woodward said in late May that “Coach knows he has to win and he has to win this year.” That wasn’t news to Sumlin, which he reiterated Wednesday at SEC Media Days.

Sumlin said he and Woodward had had “a lot of conversations before that.”

“Nothing changes for me. … Nobody puts more pressure on me than I put on myself and nobody wants to win more than I want to,” Sumlin said.

Given the personnel losses, though, it seemingly will be tough for Sumlin to win as much as he – and, presumably, Woodward – wants.

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Among those gone are defensive end Myles Garrett (the overall No. 1 pick in the NFL draft), safety Justin Evans, quarterback Trevor Knight, wide receivers Josh Reynolds and Ricky Seals-Jones and starting offensive tackles Jermaine Eluemunor and Avery Gennesy.

On paper, at least, this season’s team isn’t as talented as last season’s, which finished 8-5 for the third season in a row. Potentially, though, this Aggies team could be saltier defensively.

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