By David Brandt/The Associated Press
HOOVER, Ala. — First-year Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin says his “realistic expectations are to win” despite being placed in the toughest division in college football.
The Aggies were the first team to take the podium at SEC Media Days, a three-day event that attracts more than 1,000 credentialed media members. The 47-year-old Sumlin was optimistic about Texas A&M’s future but also said “we understand the challenges that are ahead of us.”
Texas A&M joins the SEC Western Division, which is home of the last three BCS national champions. The Aggies and Missouri joined the SEC in July.
The Aggies return 14 starters from a team that finished 7-6 last season. They must find a replacement for quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who left for the NFL.