Published: Wed, January 17, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Kevin Sumlin on Arizona playing in Rose Bowl: 'It's going to happen'

Kevin Sumlin on Arizona playing in Rose Bowl: 'It's going to happen'

New Arizona Wildcats coach Kevin Sumlin already has secured his first recruit.

"After sitting down with my family and a lot of prayer, we have made a decision to shut down my recruiting and stay home", tweeted Joiner, who added that he's "110 percent" committed to Arizona. "I think some continuity will be important".

According to Brett McMurphy of ESPN, Sumlin's five-year deal with Arizona is worth $14.5 million.

But until then, Sumlin will be making a larger annual salary than any coach in the history of college football, despite taking a pay cut from his previous $5 million salary at A&M.

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Sumlin, 53, was sacked in November after six seasons with the Aggies.

As part of his buyout with Texas A&M, Sumlin will receive a lump sum payment of $10.4 million this month.

"I am sure he will have great success with the most remarkable group of student-athletes in the country". But the three-star prospect (who might yet get bumped up to four stars, considering the late interest) must have decided that Sumlin and an offense that is friendly to a dual-threat quarterback is the right fit. Sumlin inherited a couple of remarkable quarterbacks at UH (Case Keenum) and A&M (Johnny Manziel), with Keenum leading the Vikings to this weekend's NFC championship game at Philadelphia and Manziel winning the 2012 Heisman.

"It's not the guys with (coaching) jobs who have advice", he said.

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