Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin is in a tough place. Following three consecutive 8-5 seasons in College Station, many are beginning to question if the Aggies can take the next step under its current coach. According to one report, one parent believes the pressure on Sumlin’s shoulders may even be clouding his judgment.
If you are unfamiliar with the Kirk Merritt incident, the Aggie receiver exposed himself to two Texas A&M tutors within a span of 24 hours back in October. Merritt admits to exposing himself but is claiming he had jock itch in each situation.
News of these incidents did not reach the public domain until last week leading up to the A&M spring game. Immediately after the game, Sumlin did not meet with the media for his post spring game press conference — the first time he has done so in his six spring games — leading some to believe he is avoiding being asked questions regarding this incident.
In a recent article by Brent Zwerneman of the Houston Chronicle, the father of one of the alleged victims is curious to know how Sumlin would react to the ordeal if it were his own daughter involved in the case.
“You see something like this happen in the news and you’re sad, you shake your head and say, ‘This is crazy.’ But when it happens to your own daughter …. I would love for Kevin Sumlin to answer this: What if this was your two daughters? What would you do?
“Would you expect the player to just go play football again? I think I know the answer. But Kevin Sumlin isn’t in my shoes. He’s in the shoes of trying to win a championship. That’s the least of my concerns.”
Texas A&M has investigated the matter, and after temporarily suspending Merritt, decided to reinstate him for all football activities. Merritt did not play for the Aggies last season after transferring from Oregon. He was a four-star recruit in the 2015 recruiting cycle.
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