Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin gestures during a game against UCLA, in Pasadena, Calif. Sumlin was already on the hot seat before the team squandered a 34-point lead in a loss to UCLA in its opener on Sunday night. Danny Moloshok Associated Press
Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin gestures during a game against UCLA, in Pasadena, Calif. Sumlin was already on the hot seat before the team squandered a 34-point lead in a loss to UCLA in its opener on Sunday night. Danny Moloshok Associated Press

Texas A&M Aggies

There’s hate mail, then there’s what A&M’s Kevin Sumlin received after that UCLA loss

By Matthew Martinez

mmartinez@star-telegram.com

September 07, 2017 09:49 PM

UPDATED September 08, 2017 06:30 AM

Editor’s note: This report contains explicit language.

All high-profile coaches receive hate mail.

It’s part of the seedy underbelly of the culture of super-fandom, wrapped up in the billion-dollar industries that professional and college sports have become.

Sometimes it can be laughed off, wadded up and thrown away.

Never miss a local story.

Sign up today for a free 30 day free trial of unlimited digital access.

But not when it takes the form of what A&M coach Kevin Sumlin and his wife Charlene received after the Aggies gave up a 34-point lead in Sunday’s last-minute season opening loss to UCLA.

“You suck as a coach! You’re a n----- and can’t win! Please get out! Or else,” the note read. Yes, someone folded a piece of paper with that scribbled on it, stuffed it into an envelope, applied postage and sent it via the U.S. Postal Service.

People of 2017: please tell me how any part of this is ok. And to the sender: did it occur to you that a child may open it?#orelseWHAT? pic.twitter.com/Co1s2Hb94r

— charlene sumlin (@courshel) September 7, 2017

“People of 2017: please tell me how any part of this is ok. And to the sender: did it occur to you that a child may open it?” Charlene Sumlin asked on Twitter in response.

Kevin and Charlene Sumlin have four children.

In a statement Thursday night, Texas A&M president Michael Young and athletic director Scott Woodward confirmed that the letter was sent to the Sumlin family home and issued a response. “We unequivocally condemn this disgusting and threatening letter. There is no excuse for hatred and, as a community, we will not allow the ignorance of some to intimidate any member of our community,” the statement said.

Sumlin’s job was thought by most to be in some degree of jeopardy coming into the 2017 season, but the hate directed at him and his family by the sender only brave enough to use the harshest of racist language without putting his or her name to it, registers on an altogether different spectrum.

"We unequivocally condemn this disgusting and threatening letter"

- President Young & AD Woodward https://t.co/ZvmB6SaHXl

— Texas A&M Football (@AggieFootball) September 8, 2017

Texas A&M safety Justin Evans on criticism of coach Kevin Sumlin

Texas A&M safety Justin Evans says Kevin Sumlin remains the right coach for the Aggies.

Charean Williams cjwilliams@star-telegram.com

Matthew Martinez: 817-390-7667, @MCTinez817