Good Idea for Texas A&M Football: Glenn Schumann
In one sense, Schumann’s name being thrown out there is a bit of a lazy conclusion for those who are looking for the next big thing. You can just look at who replaced Dan Lanning at UGA and go, “here he is!” On deeper investigation, though, this really isn’t that bad of an idea. Schumann has a reputation already as a top recruiter:
He is a young guy with experience under both Saban and Smart. He is by all accounts an extremely bright defensive mind, and is thought of quite highly by many in the coaching world. There are still some things that could be considered issues, though: he is quite young, and has never been a head coach. As I’ve mentioned, this is a job with a massive spotlight: how well can his experience as a DC at a job with a similar spotlight translate to the head coaching job at another? This is a personal quibble, but I tend to prefer defensive minds that coach from the secondary first in the modern era of offenses; Schumann’s background is with linebackers. On that note, how much of the defensive success under his watch at UGA has to do with his personal acumen as opposed to that of Will Muschamp (his co-DC) or Smart himself?
All these are valid questions to ask when considering whether or not Schumann should be the guy. You have to admit, though, there are plenty of factors that would commend him as a great option for this job—not least of which, by the way, is that he would come very cheaply as opposed to some of the other options on this list. There’s a lot of potential here and a lot of upside, and this is a hire that would excite Aggies everywhere.