5. Kevin Sumlin (2012-2017)
Only two coaches in Texas A&M history (that coached at least three seasons) have never recorded a record .500 or worse: Dana Bible and Kevin Sumlin. Bible won a couple of titles during his time in Aggieland. Sumlin hasn’t reached that peak, but he’s produced a team that has been ranked in the top 10 at some point of the year in every season that he’s been in College Station.
Sumlin benefited from the explosive talent that was Johnny Manziel. No. 2’s Heisman trophy winning season of 2012 put the Aggies on the map in the SEC. It was Sumlin that made the call to start the unheralded freshman out of Kerrville, Texas rather than the assumed starter, Jameill Showers.
The knock on Sumlin, and rightly so, has been his team’s inability to finish seasons. Despite five years of being a top 10 program, his squads have only finished the year ranked twice. Both of those seasons (2012, 2013) had the benefit of Manziel’s magic.
When Texas A&M moved to the SEC the program’s expectations were cautiously optimistic. Mediocrity was almost expected. After all, they had to play LSU, Auburn, and Alabama every year rather than Texas Tech, Baylor, and Texas.
Sumlin has forever raised the expectations of this program. After three straight 8-5 seasons he found himself on the hot seat. Now Texas A&M has fired a coach that’s never posted a record worse than two games over .500. That alone speaks volumes to what Sumlin has accomplished in College Station.