New Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin calls job 'special'

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Kevin Sumlin had opportunities to leave Hous­ton ever since his first year with the Cougars.

He never wanted to move until the Aggies came after him.

Sumlin was introduced as Texas A&M’s coach on Monday, two days after he was hired to replace Mike Sherman, who was fired after a disappointing 6-6 season.

“To have an opportunity to be the head coach at Texas A&M was something very special to me,” Sumlin said after donning a maroon blazer.

“Being at one of the great traditional universities in the United States and playing in probably the best league in the country is just a great opportunity for me.”

Sumlin will move from Conference USA to perhaps the toughest football league in the country with the Aggies joining the Southeastern Conference next year.

“I didn’t come here to do anything but win,” he said. “I’ve never looked at who we played as being the issue, I’ve worried about our situation and it has been about us. Whether it’s Alabama or Alabama State, it really doesn’t matter. I worry more about Texas A&M and us getting better.”

Sumlin returns to the school after working as an assistant under R.C. Slocum in 2001-02. He wasn’t looking to leave Houston, but said he’d long wanted to come back to College Station.

MWC: The Mountain West Conference will ask for an automatic bid to the Bowl Championship Series for the 2012 and ’13 seasons.

The league announced Mon­day that its board of directors approved making the request.

BCS rules allow a league without automatic qualifying status to request an exemption for the next two seasons if its teams met certain performance standards from 2008-11.

The Mountain West met those standards, with the help of Texas Christian earning bids in 2009 and ’10.

TCU is leaving next season for the Big 12, and Boise State is scheduled to leave the conference in 2013 for the Big East.

COLORADO STATE: The Rams called a news conference for today to introduce its new football coach amid reports that it’s Alabama offensive coordinator Jim McElwain. He would replace Steve Fairchild, who was fired last week after going 16-33 in four seasons.

TOLEDO: Offensive coordinator Matt Campbell was hired to take over as the new coach.

It’s the first head coaching job for the 32-year-old, who was named the interim football coach Friday after Tim Beckman announced he was leaving for Illinois.

OBITUARY: Joe Restic, who won or tied for five Ivy League football champion­ships during 23 years as coach at Harvard, died Thurs­­day at 85. He coached the Crim­son from 1971 through 1993 and retired as the winningest coach in Harvard football history.

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