At least Kevin Sumlin is honest.
“Now that Coach Spurrier has got you all warmed up, I’m kind of the second part of the show today. I’m going to probably not be as funny,” Sumlin joked when he got to the podium. “I made a promise to my wife that I will not be combative today. I’m going to smile and have a good time.”
Sumlin made good on that promise and so did Texas A&M’s three player reps, center Mike Matthews, offensive tackle Germain Ifedi, and defensive lineman Julien Obioha. All four were all smiles throughout their session, which is probably the most astute observation I can make because, really, what do I need to know about Texas A&M football? It’s still a few years until Kentucky plays them, so there’s not much to ask them about the Cats. “Hey Germain, how pretty is Kyle Field?” seems pretty lame, too. So, after listening to Sumlin’s remarks, I walked around and took pictures. Here are some.
Mike Matthews has a man bun
And it’s pretty impressive. Matthews totally seems like the type of guy who listens to Zac Brown Band while chilling on the lake. In short, the type of guy who’d be really pleasant to hang around with. Until he crushes you on the field, of course.
No one smiles more than Germain Ifedi
…other than the reporters around him. I like the pocket square.
Sumlin’s got jokes!
Sumlin hired LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis in the offseason, and when asked if he took the mindset, “if you can’t beat them, hire them away,” Sumlin said absolutely.
“I didn’t kind of. That’s exactly what I did. There’s really nothing more to the answer than that.”
Chavis’ move from LSU to rival Texas A&M stirred up a lot of drama, including a lawsuit from the Tigers, who claim he owes them $400,000 for breaking his contract early. A lot of that is centered around a rumor that Sumlin called Chavis just before LSU’s bowl game to offer him the job. Sumlin denied that this morning.
“That’s not true, and it hasn’t been a distraction to me at all,” he said of the legal drama.
That’s all I’ve got for the Aggies. Next up is Mississippi State and Dan Mullen, which will hopefully be a lot more entertaining…