HOOVER, Ala. — If you have a question for Kevin Sumlin about a quarterback, maybe start with Case Keenum, his record-breaker at Houston. Or Sam Bradford, whom he coached at Oklahoma.
Sumlin’s not going to talk about Kyle Allen or Kenny Hill, one of which will make his first career start against South Carolina to start the season.
And he doesn’t have time for your stinkin' questions about Johnny Manziel.
“Is this SEC Media Days?” Sumlin asked following a question leading with Manziel party photos. “That’s a great question about the Cleveland Browns. Anybody else got something?”
Now, Sumlin’s not being mean-spirited. This is said in jest.
But it’s also clear that Sumlin believes the Manziel circus has left town. The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner was one of the most important figures in A&M history, ushering the Aggies into the SEC era. The Manziel absence and the lack of a clear successor casts a shadow over the program.
Certainly, a worthy topic is how A&M moves on, but getting Sumlin to address it head on in a public forum may be a challenge.
“Let me get this straight, the question was: What's it like not coaching Johnny Manziel,” Sumlin said.
Indeed it was.
“You wouldn't be so excited if you hadn't recruited the Gatorade Player of the Year out of the state of Texas at quarterback and the No. 1 quarterback in the country behind him,” Sumlin said. “We understand, I understand there's not going to be another Johnny Manziel, the way he played the game, that's all part of it.”