Kevin Sumlin Retains Only One Mike Sherman Assistant

With the hiring of former Marshall head coach and USF defensive coordinator Mike Synder now official, the outline of new coach Kevin Sumlin's plan for the Texas A&M Aggies in their first season in the SEC is coming into view.

While the conference is known primarily for defense, Arkansas' Bobby Petrino has shown you can win with a high-powered spread offense similar to the one Sumlin ran at Houston.

And in a sign that he has no interest in changing his offensive philosophy, Sumlin is bringing a huge contingent of his Cougars staff with him to College Station: offensive coordinator and former Texas Tech QB Cliff Kingsbury, running backs coach Clarence McKinney and offensive line coach BJ Anderson.

He's rounded out the offensive staff with David Beaty, a former offensive coordinator at Rice and Kansas, as the WR coach and Brian Polian as his special teams coach.

The only coach from Mike Sherman that he has retained is defensive line coach Terrell Williams, as Snyder is expected to have heavy input in how the rest of the defensive coaching staff is filled out.

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