Cotton coaches Sumlin, Stoops know each other well

Stoops is 149-36 his 14 seasons with the Sooners, nine wins shy of overtaking three-time national champion Barry Switzer for the most wins in school history. Stoops this season surpassed Bud Wilkinson, who won three national titles from 1947-63.

Mark Snyder, who spent one season with Sumlin on the Minnesota staff 15 years ago, is the Texas A&M defensive coordinator. His players have had to practice all season against Manziel and the Aggies’ offense, which averages an SEC-high 553 total yards per game.

“They got prepared to play a 12-game season, and that’s what we’ve done,” Snyder said. “I think people were shocked we could go into the SEC and stop the run because of the offense that we face every day.”

Snyder, the former Marshall head coach, saw something in Sumlin when they first worked together.

“You could tell at a young age he was going to be a rock star. He just had it, he gets it,” Snyder said. “You knew he was going to be a good football coach. He can relate to kids, especially today’s kids. … The kids have got to be able to trust you, and I think we exceled this year because of that.”

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