No tears. No brainer. No hard feelings.
Kevin Sumlin left the University of Houston on Saturday to coach football at Texas A&M, and in so doing confirmed the natural order of the universe remains fixed in place. When Sumlin's UH career began four years ago, its ending was already written. This was a "choose your own adventure" story with two paths: Sumlin fails and is fired or Sumlin succeeds and is hired away.
"All we ask a head coach is to leave the program better than you found it,' Houston athletic director Mack Rhoades said Saturday. "No question (Sumlin) did that."
This is a reality Rhoades has long understood. In the moments after UH finished a 12-1 regular season, Rhoades was swarmed by reporters hoping to get some kind of insight into what was happening between UH and Sumlin. Technically speaking, Rhoades didn't say much, but that was partially because there wasn't much to say.
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