According to the San Antonio Express-News, the Philadelphia Eagles offered Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin as a head coaching job before they hired Chip Kelly.
Sumlin did admit that he had a chance to coach in the NFL, but didn’t name the Eagles as the team that offered him a job.
“I don’t have to say anything,” Sumlin said in response to his name being associated with future pro jobs. “Everybody knows what I do (now). I’ve never coached in the NFL. I’ve had plenty of opportunities to do that, both as an assistant coach and even as a head coach. But there’s a reason I coach college football, and we’ve got a lot of work to do here. We’re still playing catch-up, and we finished third in the SEC West last year (behind Alabama and LSU).
“By no means have we arrived.”
As for his long-term future concerning the pros?
“Maybe later — some time later,” said Sumlin, who received a $1.1 million pay bump (to $3.1 million annually) in the offseason. “But it won’t be anytime soon. My family likes living here and I like living here. Heck, we just got here. People ask me to respond to the (NFL talk), and I say, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me.’ Because I remember what was being said at this time a year ago.
“I didn’t really respond to that last year, and there’s no reason to respond to this now.”
While Sumlin didn’t name names concerning who pursued him in the offseason, TexAgs.com co-owner and A&M insider Billy Liucci has said the Philadelphia Eagles and Auburn offered Sumlin head-coaching gigs after A&M’s stunning showing last season, including a 29-24 road upset of national champion Alabama.
I’m sure the NFL will come calling in the near future for Sumlin. Especially if he keeps Texas A&M on the right track.