Father of A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin passes

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Sadly, the extended family of Texas A&M football sustained a very significant loss over the weekend.

A&M confirmed Monday that the father of Aggies head coach Kevin Sumlin, William Sumlin, passed away Sunday evening.  The university did not detail the cause of death of the 81-year-old elder Sumlin.

William Sumlin was a football, baseball and basketball coach in Alabama and then Indiana, and would later become a high school principal  In 2007, Kevin Sumlin became the first black head coach at a major college in Texas; five years later, he became the first black head coach at A&M.

Given his roots in the Deep South, the significance of his son’s rise in the coaching profession wasn’t lost on the father.

“Oh my goodness, it’s just unbelievable,” the elder Sumlin said in a 2012 interview with the Dallas Morning News. “Because of where I came from, I never thought I would see this. Sometimes I look around and can’t believe it’s happening.”

A&M is in the midst of spring practice, but obviously Sumlin will not be leading it as he’s back in Indianapolis tending to his family’s affairs.  It’s unclear when Sumlin will return to College Station to reassume the head-coaching reins.

Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to Sumlin and his family on their loss.

Arizona State hires Beau Baldwin as offensive coordinator

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TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona State has hired former Cal Poly head coach Beau Baldwin as its next offensive coordinator.

The school announced Baldwin’s hiring of new coach Kenny Dillingham‘s staff a week after he resigned at Cal Poly.

The 50-year-old Baldwin spent three seasons as the Mustangs’ head coach, going 4-21.

Baldwin previously served as California’s offensive coordinator for three years after a nine-year stint as Eastern Washington’s head coach. He went 85-32 at Eastern Washington and won the 2010 national championship with three trips to the FCS semifinals.

Baldwin also served as Central Washington’s head coach in 2007.

Stanford QB Tanner McKee declares for NFL draft

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STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford quarterback Tanner McKee is leaving school to enter the NFL draft.

McKee announced his decision on Thursday after a disappointing junior season on an overmatched Stanford team.

McKee completed 62% of his passes for 2,947 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions this season as Stanford went 3-9 for a second straight year.

Stanford will undergoing an overhaul with coach David Shaw stepping down after 12 seasons and several players expected to transfer.