Mississippi State vs. Texas A&M: Kevin Sumlin Was College Football's Best Hire

Alex CallosCorrespondent INovember 3, 2012

OXFORD, MS - OCTOBER 06:  Head coach Kevin Sumlin of the Texas A&M Aggies watches game action against the Ole Miss Rebels at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on October 6, 2012 in Oxford, Mississippi.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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For years, Kevin Sumlin was one of the most sought-after head coaches in college football. He was hired as the head coach at Houston back in 2008.

After that season and three more successful years at Houston, Texas A&M finally got its man.

The Aggies were able to corral Sumlin after the 2011 season. As it looks right now, that was the best hire of the entire offseason.

During the 2011 offseason, there were 27 new college football coaches hired. While some have had more success than others, none have gotten more out of their teams than Sumlin.

While Urban Meyer and Ohio State could certainly have an argument, what Sumlin has done at Texas A&M has been nothing short of remarkable.

The Aggies just knocked off Mississippi State, 38-13, improving to 7-2 on the season and 4-2 in SEC play.

After going 7-6 last season under Mike Sherman and moving to the SEC, it was hard to imagine the Aggies doing much better this season with a freshman quarterback and a daunting schedule.

Well, Texas A&M has proven to be more than talented enough to compete in the SEC and most of that is due to its head coach.

Sumlin was very successful at Houston, going 35-17 over four seasons. He led the Cougars to a 12-1 season in 2011, before leaving prior to the team's bowl game.

Everybody knew Sumlin was a genius as far as offense was concerned. This year, the team is averaging 45 points a game, which ranks in the top three nationally.

What has likely surprised some people is how well the Texas A&M defense has played so far this season.

That group is only allowing 21 points a game. Not many people thought that was even possible before the season began, but Sumlin has proven he can coach both sides of the ball with equal success.

While there is still a long way to go this season, Sumlin is looking like quite a hire. He has done everything right so far this season.

Now that the Aggies are in the SEC, the school is a major destination for any head coach, which means Sumlin is not likely to leave anytime soon.

For Texas A&M fans, that is certainly a good thing.