The coaching carousel in college football is still spinning and now that UCF has finished their unbeaten regular season at 12-0, but lost coach Scott Frost to Nebraska, they turn their attention to his replacement.
On Sunday, a significant name emerged for the Knights, with recently fired Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin apparently under strong consideration:
Source: #UCF is engaged in discussions with former Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin. He’s their top target to succeed Scott Frost. No agreement has been reached, but talks are ongoing.
— Ryan Bass (@Ry_Bass) December 3, 2017
As Sunday developed and wore on, there was no agreement reached, or at least announced, by UCF and Sumlin.
So, it gives us the chance to wonder, again: shouldn’t a guy that succeeded at Houston with multiple 10 win seasons and who won a bunch of games in College Station in his six years, get a strong look by Florida State?
As we wrote Friday, when the Jimbo Fisher departure news (to replace Sumlin at A&M) became official, Sumlin should be on their radar as a possible replacement.
After all, his acumen with QB’s like Case Keenum at Houston and Johnny Manziel for A&M, should intrigue Tomahawk Nation. Yes, Sumlin’s teams were known for starting fast in September-October but fading in November.
However, a big factor in that is spelled S-E-C, W-E-S-T.
For example, look at new Florida coach Dan Mullen’s SEC record in October and also in November and how often that side of the conference would do his team in late in the year.
Does it mean that you are bad coach? No.
It mostly means that it’s difficult to finish off seasons when you are playing teams like Alabama, LSU, Auburn, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, etc. down the stretch. This is especially, when you hae to stack playing 3-4 of those kind of games in a row.
We have not doubt that should UCF AD land Sumlin, that he will excel in the American Conference and would continue the tremendous turnaround that Frost and his staff engineered these last two years.
But, FSU is in a Power Five conference with a river of money flowing through it (not the case at UCF), and Sumlin understands that economics, the massive tradition of winning at FSU, plus, the facilities, currently and being proposed, are essential.
He had that at his disposal at Texas A&M.
Then again, the Noles simply may not be that interested.
So, let’s see what plays out on Monday and beyond for Kevin Sumlin. UCF would certainly be fortunate to land him for their already greatly improved situation.
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