In 2008, Kevin Sumlin got his first taste of a hurricane when Ike rolled through the Gulf Coast, sending a storm surge into Galveston and flooding Houston.
The storm also sent the Houston Cougars and Sumlin, then in his first year as head coach, packing to Dallas for two weeks in an attempt to keep football operations running smoothly while the turmoil of the storm weighed heavily on the minds of players and coaches.
That, combined with a 1-3 start to the season, brought Sumlin down emotionally, he said, but then Cougar offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen reminded him how taxing a natural disaster can be on anyone.
Teams from the city of Houston, college and professional, struggled to notch many wins in the two weeks following the storm, Sumlin said. The Houston Astros hit a 2-for-9 skid. Houston’s Texans began the season 0-4, and Rice hit a 1-for-3 lull around the time of the storm’s impact on the region.
Behind Texas A&M’s shaky 1-1 start to the 2017 season is the effects that still remain from Hurricane Harvey, despite the storm’s departure from the news cycle.
“You know, football players, we’re kind of tough guys, so they kind of keep that to themselves, but you know some guys are going through some things with family,” A&M running back Kendall Bussey said. “We’re just there for them. We tell them we’re there for them to talk to or if they need anything. Coach Sumlin talked to those guys about that, just being there for those guys, being not only teammates but brothers is a big thing.”
Bussey offers an interesting perspective to the solace…
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