Kevin Sumlin, the new head coach at Texas A&M, is making waves in the SEC. He’s stepping up with the big boys now and he sounds like he’ll fit right in with the rest of the coaching personalities in the SEC.
Sumlin made the following comments at a Houston football club in regards to what makes the SEC so strong.
“There’s a couple, three reasons. The size and speed combination in the SEC is unlike any other league. I’ve coached in the Pac-12, Big Ten, Big 12. The Big Ten has large human beings. But the speed factor – you play Wisconsin, you’d better strap it up because they’re going to beat on you. The speed factor is not there. You get out west, it’s a fast game, it’s a different game. The Big 12 is kind of a blend of that.
The SEC, for whatever reason, there’s some really, really big guys in this league that can run, and they don’t have to go very far to get them. When you’re talking about Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, there’s just some big guys that are extremely athletic. You take that and you combine it with – I was looking the other day at the average stadium size. What’d we average, 85 (thousand)? We’re below the average attendance at an SEC football game.
You go to a game at Alabama, there’s as many people outside as there are inside. And they stand there. There are people that come to games and they know they don’t have a ticket. They’re just there to be a part of it, to shake your bus and flip you off and throw beer on you on your way into the field.
We’ve played teams in the Pac-12 and the stadium’s half empty… you go to Mississippi State on a Saturday afternoon, even if they have four wins, and you see how many (empty) seats are in that stadium.”
Sumlin also commented on the Texas A&M-Florida game this season that is not only A&M’s first home game and first SEC game, but has also been made a little more intriguing thanks to Will Muschamp’s comments about College Station and the Mayor of College Station’s response video.
“It’s exciting for our players, our coaches, our fans all over the nation but in particular the state of Texas,” Sumlin said. “For us to be in the SEC, the schedule we’re going to play, the venues we’re going to be in and the big time ballgames. Everyone is excited.”
“Our place is sold out every week,” Sumlin said. “Our first home game is Florida at home. Our fire marshal better be there because we’ve sold so many tickets, I don’t know where all those people are going to be. It’s going to a great event for us.”