Kevin Sumlin was hired to coach the USFL’s Houston Gamblers more than a year after their massive 70-7 loss to the Arizona Wildcats

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – The USFL, Houston Gamblers and the team’s new head coach, who were announced Thursday, all share two “Rs”: rebirth and redemption.

Kevin Sumlin, whose meteoric rise in college football while coaching the University of Houston and Texas A&M programs can only match the embarrassment of a massive 70-7 loss in his final game. same college level in Arizona, was chosen to coach the Gamblers.

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57-year-old Sumlin returned to coach a team called Houston three months after the league returned to the national stage in April.

Sumlin last coached in December 2020 when he was in the middle of his third season with Arizona Wildcats Program. After two sub-seasons as well as the 2020 season that saw the team lose its first five games, Arizona fired Sumlin following a 63-point loss to Arizona State.

Before Arizona, however, Sumlin was seen as a favorite on the sidelines. At UH, he coached the Cougars to a 35-17 record from 2008 to 2011.

It was the 2011 season, which saw the Coogs win all 12 of their regular-season games and the TicketCity Bowl against Penn State, taking Sumlin to Texas A&M and a highly regarded job in the Eastern Conference. Male.

Sumlin’s best season at College Station was his first in 2012 when he coached QB Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel and the Aggies to 5th at the end of the year.

However, he passed away in 2017 after being unable to repeat the success of his first year.

Sumlin isn’t the only new USFL coach seeking redemption with the spring break, which takes its name from the same league that folded 37 years ago.

For example, former Auburn coach Gene Chizik and former NFL head coach Todd Haley have been invited to lead teams from Birmingham and Tampa, respectively.

While Sumlin is indeed back with a Houston team, that doesn’t mean he’ll be getting physical training in Bayou City. The league plans to play its entire first season as a bubble in Birmingham, Alabama.

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