Cotton Bowl: Getting to know Kevin Sumlin's Texas A&M staff

OKLAHOMA VS. TEXAS A&M — A look at the coaching staff that helped Kevin Sumlin stage such a remarkable success story in A&M's maiden season in the SEC.
by Berry Tramel Published: December 29, 2012
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What two A&M staff members are sons of longtime NFL men?

Special teams coordinator Brian Polian is the son of former Colts general manager Bill Polian, and graduate assistant coach Klint Kubiak is the son of Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak.

Brian Polian, 38, was special teams coordinator at Stanford the previous two seasons and at Notre Dame the two years before that. He's also coached at Central Florida, Buffalo U.

Klint Kubiak is in his third year as an A&M graduate assistant. He played at Colorado State.

How many staff members followed Sumlin from the University of Houston?

Five. McKinney, offensive line coach B.J. Anderson, strength and conditioning coach Larry Jackson, associate athletic director Justin Moore and recruiting director Kenny Bell worked for Sumlin in Houston and followed him to A&M.

How much Southeastern Conference experience did Sumlin's staff have?

Very little, outside of defensive line coach Terry Price. Price coached at Ole Miss 1995-98 and 2009-11, and at Auburn 1999-08.


by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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