Originally posted on Fox Sports Houston  |  Last updated 12/3/11
HOUSTON University of Houston football coach Kevin Sumlin on Saturday denied a report he would be named head coach at Texas A&M within 24 hours. "That is not true," Sumlin said after his No. 6 Cougars' 49-28 loss to No. 23 Southern Miss in the Conference USA title gamein Houston."I said earlier this week I wasn't going to talk to anybody, period, during this football season. I actually said that three weeks ago. Many of the things that have been reported have now been proven to be false already. I have been consistent with that." CBS Houston reported Saturday that Sumlin would be announced as A&M's coach by Sunday. Sumlin said there was no chance of that happening. "No," he said. "I haven't talked to anybody. I haven't said anything to anybody about that." Sumlin led the Cougars to a 12-1 regular season, the best in school history. His name has been linked to several job openings over the last week, most often Arizona State and Texas A&M. His contract at Houston pays him 1 million annually through 2015, though athletic director Mack Rhoades said he is working on a new deal for Sumlin, wholikely would fetch about 2 million per season from a BCS-conference suitor. "People are crazy if they don't think we're working our tails off to do what we can to keep him," Rhoades said. "He's a terrific person, he's a terrific head coach and we're going to continue to do that. That's all I'm going to say on that." The A&M job is open because the Aggies fired Mike Sherman after a6-6 season. Texas A&M hired Sherman away from his job as Houston Texans offensive coordinator in 2008. The coach Sumlin replaced at UH, Art Briles, left Houston for Baylor.
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