One of the biggest stories in college football is happening in College Station with quarterback Kyler Murray transferring from Texas A&M, according to Billy Liucci of TexAgs.com. The news comes just a week after fellow quarterback Kyle Allen announced his transfer from the Aggies.
Murray’s decision was something the 5-star quarterback from Allen has contemplated for a number of weeks, sources told Horns Digest.com.
Head coach Kevin Sumlin made promises to Murray during the recruiting process and throughout the 2015 season about the amount of playing time he would see, according to sources.
The issues began after Murray started three games against South Carolina, Auburn and Western Carolina and then was benched for Allen for the final two games of the season against Vanderbilt and LSU - games in which Murray didn't get a single snap.
With Allen transferring, it would seem the playing time issue was resolved. It would be Murray's show moving forward. However, the issue has evolved into something much deeper than Murray's playing time.
The driving reason behind Murray's transfer is because Murray and his family have lost trust in Sumlin and the Aggies coaching staff, sources told HD.
“This is a kid, who still has options, that has lost total trust in his coach and the program,” one source said Wednesday. “During the season, Kyler came to a point where he said ‘I can’t trust this man anymore.’”
But Murray is not alone when it comes to trusting his head coach.
Sources indicated that a lack of trust in Sumlin played a role in Allen’s decision to transfer from Texas A&M. Murray and Allen had discussed these trust issues weeks before Allen made his decision final, according to sources.
Chip Brown of HornsDigest.com reported on Thursday that A&M chancellor John Sharp has serious concerns about the direction of the football program under Sumlin and is looking into the possibility of terminating Sumlin's contract, which has a $20 million buyout because all four years remaining are guaranteed at $5 million per year. A&M spokesman Jason Cook didn't respond to Brown's requests for comment.
In four years at A&M, Sumlin has gone 11-2 (2012), 9-4 (2013), 8-5 (2014) and 8-4 (2015). The Aggies face Louisville in the Music City Bowl Dec. 30.