Former Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin to be hired at Arizona

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Sumlin had been the coach at Texas A&M for the past 6 seasons. He was 86-43 in a decade as a head coach at A&M and Houston.

Kevin Sumlin has reportedly been hired by the Wildcats to become the next head coach, and it's what you'd call a splash hire.

Sumlin was sacked from Texas A&M after six seasons in which he compiled a 51-26 record.

Feldman also reported Sumlin will retain defensive coordinator Marcel Yates, with Noel Mazzone and Clarence McKinney expected to join the staff as offensive coordinator and running backs coach.

The front runner for the job, Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo, turned down the job and will remain in his current position. He replaces Rich Rodriguez who was sacked by the University earlier this month after sexual harassment allegations were filed against him.

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Despite some of the recent falloff, Arizona gets a coach in Sumlin who has extensive experience on the offensive side from when he served as an assistant for Washington State, Wyoming, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Purdue before he became a head coach.

Sumlin was an immediate candidate to replace Todd Graham at Arizona State in late November. Rodriguez said in a statement released through his attorney that the university had investigated claims of harassment by a former administrative assistant, who threatened a $7.5 million lawsuit. The Cougars went 12-1 in his final season.

Sumlin, 53, had reached an agreement to be Arizona's new coach, according to reports from NFL.com, SI.com, Fox Sports.com, theathletic.com and more.

The Aggies went 51-26 and went to a bowl game every season under Sumlin, but were 25-23 in SEC play and never matched his first season in College Station, when they were 11-2 with Heisman Trophy quarterback Johnny Manziel.

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