COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M University Director of Athletics Scott Woodward has relieved Head Football Coach Kevin Sumlin of all duties effective immediately, according to a press release from the university on Sunday.
Assistant Coach Jeff Banks will serve as interim head coach, stated the release.
Sumlin's six seasons at Texas A&M have been filled with many accomplishments but the Aggies recent performance has not been up to the "high" expectations of competing annually for Southeastern Conference (SEC) championships and, at times, national championships, read, in part, a statement from Woodward.
"Our expectations at A&M are very high. We believe that we should compete for SEC championships on an annual basis and, at times, national championships. I believe that we need a new coach to take us there," he said.
Woodward says the search for a new head coach will remain quiet until he's ready to introduce the Aggies new head coach.
"Kevin's tenure included some remarkable achievements and he leaves our program as one of the winningest football coaches in our storied history,"he said. "Kevin made us a better all-around football program and led our program with dignity and character. He's a first-class person."
"On behalf of Aggies everywhere, my thanks to Kevin and his family for his service to Texas A&M. I wish him the very best," stated Woodward.
During his six seasons, Sumlin posted an overall record of 51 wins and 26 losses, a .662 winning percentage. In the SEC, his record stood at 25-23, or .521.
In 2012, Sumlin was named SEC Coach of the Year after leading the Aggies to an 11-2 overall record, a Cotton Bowl victory over Oklahoma, and a 5th place national ranking in the Associated Press (AP) poll. Sumlin also coached 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, one of only two Texas A&M players to earn the trophy, joining 1957 Heisman Trophy winner John David Crow.
Texas A&M will honor the terms of Sumlin's contract, stated the release.