Regent Recommends Firing of Texas A&M Coach After Stunning UCLA Comeback

After UCLA completed one of college football’s biggest comebacks last night to defeat Texas A&M 45-44, one regent from Texas A&M is already recommending that the team coach Kevin Sumlin be fired.

During the Sunday night game, the Bruins were down 38-10 at halftime, after which quarterback Josh Rosen brought the team back all the way for a 45-44 victory in Pasadena. The win happened with only 43 seconds left on the clock, when Rosen faked a spike and threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Lasley.

Prior to the memorable touchdown win, UCLA had gotten the ball back with 2:39 left in the game and drove 66 yards in ten plays, including an 11-yard throw and catch to tight end Caleb Wilson.

UCLA practiced a fake spike last week, never imagining that it would cap off the biggest comeback in school history, CBS reported. “My career at UCLA, we’ve had a lot of times where the chips didn’t fall in our favor, and I think it’s time that finally it did,” Rosen said, as reported by the New York Post.

After the game, Anthony Buzbee, a Houston attorney and member of the A&M System Board of Regents took to Facebook to recommend Sumlin be fired. “Kevin Sumlin was out-coached tonight, which isn’t new … Our players were better tonight. Our players were more talented tonight. But our coaches were dominated on national TV, yet again. I’m only one vote on the Board of Regents but when the time comes my vote will be that Kevin Sumlin needs to go. In my view he should go now. We owe it to our school and our players. We can do better.”

Reports of Buzbee’s comments circulated on social media:

Sumlin addressed the play calling and his defense at a press conference after the Aggies’ loss Sunday. “We didn’t get it done as coaches,” Sumlin said regarding the game.

Sumlin, named one of the highest-paid college football coaches, has been coaching the Texas A&M team since 2013.

Head coach of the Texas A&M Aggies Kevin Sumlin
Head coach Kevin Sumlin of the Texas A& M Aggies watches his team play against the South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on August 28, 2014 in Columbia, South Carolina. | Grant Halverson/Getty Images