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Mike Sherman should be nervous

Posted on: November 30, 2011 12:04 pm
Edited on: November 30, 2011 12:05 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

There have been a lot of head coaches fired since Saturday, as there are openings now across the country in just about every conference. There have also been a lot of questions about Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman's future at the school for most of the season, as the Aggies finished the year 6-6 suffering a number of collapses along the way. Still, to this point Sherman still has his job, though if he heard his boss talking on Wednesday, he can't be feeling very confident.

Texas A&M president R. Bowen Loftin talked to the Bryan-College Station Eagle and when asked about the future of the program and Mike Sherman, Loftin didn't exactly sound like he was committing to anything.

"I've been talking to [athletic director] Bill Byrne for the last couple weeks," Loftin said. "We're thinking hard about [the season and the future]."

Now while that comment doesn't sound totally damning given that Loftin speaks of a process that generally takes place at every school, compare it to what Loftin told the Austin American-Statesman last week before the loss against Texas.

"As far as I'm concerned, yes, [Sherman will return in 2012]" Loftin told the Statesman. "We don't want to make any hasty moves, and we look forward to him being our football coach in the future."

Quite a change in tone, no?

I've wondered about Sherman's status all season simply because the Aggies problems in 2011 seem to fall more on the coaching staff than the team itself. It's had injuries, yes, but at the same time the Aggies haven't done anything to correct the mistakes that have littered the team all season. Instead of making adjustments, it has felt like Texas A&M has just crossed its fingers and hoped it wouldn't happen again.

Combine that with the fact that the school is moving to the SEC next season, and it might want to go into a new conference with a fresh start rather than a coach who is on the hot seat.

Since: Dec 1, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 1:31 pm

Mike Sherman should be nervous


Last time I checked, OL' MAC lost to Coach Fran in their last meeting.  You know, OL' MAC...he's what?  .500 over the past two seasons? 

Since: Dec 1, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 12:54 pm

Mike Sherman should be nervous

Let's be clear Big12Supporter-

With respect to "what have you done for me lately", educates 46,422 students.  Not as big as UT, but one of the largest public universities in the United States (7th as of 2010-2011, UT is 5th with 51,195)

<sup id="cite_ref-6" class="reference"><sup id="cite_ref-NationalMerit_45-0" class="reference"></sup> In the 2011 ranking of , Texas A&M is listed 19th; among "national universities" the school is 58th.<sup id="cite_ref-USNews_55-0" class="reference"></sup><sup id="cite_ref-56" class="reference"></sup> According to criteria, which considers research, community service, and social mobility, Texas A&M ranks fifth nationally.<sup id="cite_ref-WashingtonMonthly_57-0" class="reference"></sup> The listed Texas A&M as one of the thirty-five American college programs that "communicate[s] the values of honesty, trust, respect, responsibility, integrity, and fairness in the classroom".<sup id="cite_ref-honestly_58-0" class="reference"></sup> The 2011 ranked the school as the 23rd best-value public university on the basis of in-state tuition, and the 35th best-value public university on the basis of out-of-state tuition.<sup id="cite_ref-Kiplinger_59-0" class="reference"></sup> After conducting a survey of leading employment recruiters, the ranked Texas A&M 2nd nationally, as "most likely to help students land a job in key careers and professions".<sup id="cite_ref-WSJ1_60-0" class="reference"></sup><sup id="cite_ref-WSJ2_61-0" class="reference"></sup> In 2009 the National Science Foundation has recognized Texas A&M as one of the top 20 research institutions.<sup id="cite_ref-The_Battalion_62-0" class="reference"></sup> 
I think, lately, TAMU has done plenty to serve the young men and women of Texas as well as other parts of the United States.  No doubt the UT has many of the same or more qualities, but TAMU is no longer the rural "farmer" school as many Horn fans seem to think.  Both schools are exceptional institutions of higher learning.  It's about time UT supporters face that fact.    


Since: Dec 1, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 11:03 am

Mike Sherman should be nervous


Since: Sep 7, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 10:05 am

Mike Sherman should be nervous

let's be clear Aggiegriff...A&M was the first PUBLIC school established in 1862 by the Morrill Act.  Classes didn't start until 1876. 

However, the Texas Constitution of 1876 mandated that the state establish a university "at an early day," calling for the creation of a "university of the first class," styled "The University of Texas." It revoked the endowment of the railroad lands of the Act of 1858 but appropriated 1,000,000 acres in West Texas. In 1883, another two million were granted, with income from the sale of land and grazing rights going to The University of Texas and Texas A&M. In 1881, Austin was chosen as the site of the main university. On the original "College Hill," an official ceremony began construction on what is now referred to as the old Main Building in late 1882. The university opened its doors on September 15, 1883.  (source; UT website).

Trying to figure out where the Aggies gave the land grant to form UT.  So yes, you are right, A&M was here before UT.  But that was yesterday and all people want to know in this day and age is "what have you done for me lately?"

However, if you are making a claim that A&M is the oldest University in Texas, you lose again.  The winner of that contest is Baylor University, which was founded in 1845 when Texas was still a Republic.  General (or should I say President) Sam Houston himself gave the first donation of $5,000 to start what is now known to everyone as the home of RG III!

Looks like Art Briles and Mack Brown won't be losing their jobs anytime soon.

Since: Sep 6, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2011 4:54 pm

Mike Sherman should be nervous

Someone take this idea and run with it... Chris Peterson to A&M... 


What a joke.  Ask the last couple coaches who left Boise Community College if they wish they'd never left the school in the NAIA for one who plays in a real conference -

Dirk Koetter -
26-10 overall 12-4 conference record at Boisie CC,
40-34 overall 21-28 conference record at Arizona State.

Dan Hawkins -
53-11 overall 37-3 conference record at Boise CC,
19-39 overall 10-27 conference record at Colorado.

Anyone who thinks that by doing the same thing that you will get a different result is a complete FOOL.  He would be a .500 coach at best.  I don't think even Peterson would be that stupid to leave that gig.  You have one decent opponent in the out of conference schedule, followed by 11 bye weeks, followed by a bowl game.  You don't have to worry about injuries or probably even practicing with that joke of a schedule.  They prepared all offseason for Georgia, then they have 11 weeks to prepare for the Humanitarian bowl.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 4:46 pm

Mike Sherman should be nervous

TAMU has run the cycles this year- blowing out Idaho and SMU then playing well against OSU at home but to surrender the lead and go into a 10pt defecit?   OSU even gave 2 pts on a safety to win the game.   The game against Ark in Dallas was almost as bad because for some reason A&M decided in the 2nd half to throw the ball after running it down Ark throat the whole 1st half?    Then they seemed to get on track beating Tech, Baylor, and Iowa St; then the Missouri debacle - getting hammered by OU in Norman, then losing in overtime to K-State.   And as bad as Texas' offense was at the end of the season due to injuries; A&M again horked up anther for probably the last game they'll play against Texas in a good while.   And what is worse is that Texas winning that game will probably make it even longer before they play again as Texas can hold just about everything over the Aggies - more wins, a few more NC's, growing fan base, perception in the Big 12 that the Aggies are whiners, and of course, recruiting. 

It's bad enough to shoot yourself in the foot; it's another to reload and keep on firing.     TAMU needs to whitewash their coaching staff and learn the SEC game now.   They're going in at a good time, the SEC is down quite a bit as the power players are really just LSU, Bama, maybe Georgia and maybe Arkansas but all the rest are severaly rebuilding.   They may qualify for the Cotton if they pull their heads out- or Cap One.  Texas A&M looks like they may be more competitive than many originally thought if they get a good coach and the SEC doesn't rebound.

Since: Dec 8, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2011 4:19 pm

Mike Sherman should be nervous

After they get stomped by Penn St. in Houston he's a goner. He couldn't hold a lead if it had 2 handles super-glued to his palms.
These guys were ranked #8 to start the season and will probably end up with a losing record.

Since: Dec 7, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2011 3:55 pm

Mike Sherman should be nervous

Someone take this idea and run with it... Chris Peterson to A&M... 


Since: Dec 7, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2011 3:18 pm

Mike Sherman should be nervous

I think he should get maybe 1 more year, he is suppose to be finding an OC to take over play calling... he's got an impressive recruiting class coming in, more defensive help is on the way in that class along with some explosive play makers. I would not be saddened to him go at the same time, I thought the Ags were extremely lucky to win half the games the way they did last year, it definately showed this year in repeated 3rd quarter boneheaded plays that could have been coached out of these kids... I really think A&M needs to go back to a strong defensive mind at head coach, I loved the days of the wrecking crew and so does Kyle Field... 

Since: May 25, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 2:13 pm

Mike Sherman should be nervous

I am talking about fortyacres comment, not the actual CBS journalist

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