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Kevin Sumlin Reportedly Accepts Texas A&M Job After Mark Richt Declines

The Texas A&M Aggies have reportedly settled upon their new head football coach as they get ready to enter SEC play. It's also clear they had to settle for the realistic option rather than the pipe dream. Kevin Sumlin of Houston is set to be announced either today or Monday as the new head coach of the Aggies after the team also flirted with Mark Richt of Georgia. Brent Zwerneman reports:

The insider said late Friday that Sumlin, 47, perhaps could be named as Mike Sherman's successor today or as late as Monday. Sumlin, considered one of the top candidates all along, has guided the Cougars to a 12-1 season with an upcoming trip to the TicketCity Bowl in Dallas against Penn State on Jan. 2.

Richt's name was first linked to the opening on Friday — the same day Bulldogs athletic director Greg McGarity told several media outlets in Georgia he planned to discuss a contract extension in the coming weeks for the 51-year-old coach.

The A&M fan website reported Friday that Richt was in College Station on Wednesday evening, although no A&M insiders could confirm that. Sumlin attended a party and news conference celebrating UH's Big East move Friday on campus and then held a Cougars practice.