Kevin Sumlin: 'There are still a lot of things out there for us'
Posted by: Josh Kendall on January 9, 2013
Kevin Sumlin had one overriding goal when he entered the SEC with Texas A&M this year.
"The one thing we wanted to prove in our first year is, 'Hey, we belong, and we're here to compete and win,'" the Texas A&M head coach said during an interview with the SEC Digital Network prior to Monday's BCS national title game. "Hopefully, people in the league now know that we belong in the SEC, and we're excited about next season."
There certainly aren't anymore questions about the Aggies' ability to compete in the SEC. Texas A&M was 11-2 and boasted the Heisman Trophy winner in quarterback Johnny Manziel in its debut season in the conference.
"As much success as (Manziel) had this year and we had, there are still a lot of things out there for us, and one of those things is trying to get to a game like this," Sumlin said from the sideline as he took in the atmosphere in Miami.
A chance to play for the national title is one of Sumlin's goals with the Aggies, but it's not the first step, he said.
"When you play in a league like the SEC, this is another goal," he said. "Your first goal is just to try to get to Atlanta."
Josh Kendall is a staff writer for CoachingSearch.com and has covered the SEC for more than 15 years for papers such as the Athens Banner-Herald, Macon Telegraph, and The State. He’s the father of two boys who he’s hoping don’t inherit his wide receiver frame and offensive guard feet. Follow @EyeOnCoaches on twitter and send your feedback to email@example.com