Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin talks ASU at SEC Media Day

Jul 14, 2015, 10:51 AM | Updated: 10:52 am
...

The SEC conference knows football, and Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin knows he has a challenge ahead.

Sumlin spoke at SEC Media Day Tuesday, talking about the season ahead and their first matchup of the season against ASU on Sept. 5 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Tex.

“We start out with Arizona State in Houston,” Sumlin told reporters. “They will be a top-20 football team. We will know where we are at right away.”

The hype of a season opener on a neutral site has motivated Sumlin and the Aggies.

“It’s been great for the offseason,” Sumlin told Brent Zwerneman of the Houston Chronicle. “It’s a lot easier getting people’s attention knowing you’re going to have probably a top-20 team.

“To get out on the road and play at NRG (Stadium), where they have the Super Bowl. It’s a great stadium to play in. National TV game. We’ve done pretty well in those situations.”

About four years ago, many thought Sumlin would be the one in the maroon and gold, not current coach Todd Graham.

In 2011, before the Sun Devils hired Graham to be their head coach, multiple reports surfaced saying that the University had offered the position to Sumlin.

Sumlin wound up taking the job at Texas A&M, and the Sun Devils hired then-Pitt coach Graham. Since Graham’s hire, ASU has won 28 games and its first Pac-12 South title in 2013.

Sumlin has also led his team to 28 wins in three seasons in College Station, including an 11-2 mark in 2012, the school’s first season in the SEC. That season, his team was led by Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.

Penguin Air

Arizona State Football

(AP Photo/Ralph Freso)...
Arizona Sports

Pac-12 exploring all expansion options with USC, UCLA heading to Big Ten

The Pac-12 is looking into expansion following the decisions from USC and UCLA on Thursday to head to the Big Ten as early as 2024.
4 days ago
Basketballs are rolled off the court during the NCAAB game at McKale Center on January 03, 2022 in ...
Arizona Sports

Arizona ‘extremely disappointed’ in USC, UCLA leaving Pac-12 for Big Ten

The Arizona Wildcats broke their silence Friday regarding USC's and UCLA's plans to leave the Pac-12 for the Big Ten as early as 2024.
4 days ago
UCLA plays Oregon during a Pac-12 NCAA college football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., ...
Arizona Sports

UCLA, USC to leave Pac-12 for Big Ten in 2024

UCLA and USC will be leaving the Pac-12 for the Big Ten, beginning in the 2024-25 season, the two schools confirmed on Thursday evening.
5 days ago
Defensive back Jordan Clark #1 of the Arizona State Sun Devils celebrates with the Territorial Cup ...
Nikash Nath

Kyle Soelle, Jordan Clark ready to lead new faces for ASU football

ASU junior CB Jordan Clark and senior captain LB Kyle Soelle are expected to lead a Sun Devils defensive that'll have many new faces in 2022.
11 days ago
Arizona State Sun Devils offensive lineman LaDarius Henderson (77) lines up during the college foot...
Nikash Nath

Arizona State OL LaDarius Henderson talks new culture amid low expectations

OL LaDarius Henderson has been with ASU since 2019 and is no stranger to experiencing personnel and cultural changes within the program.
20 days ago
Head coach Herm Edwards of the Arizona State Sun Devils reacts after the loss to the Utah Utes at R...
Kellan Olson

SunDevilSource’s Karpman: Scathing opinion on ASU football unsurprising

A scathing take about ASU football from an anonymous opposing coach became the topic of conversation around the state of the program.
20 days ago
Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin talks ASU at SEC Media Day