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Texas A&M fires Mike Sherman

Posted on: December 1, 2011 6:57 pm
Edited on: December 1, 2011 9:56 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli Texas A&M Rapid Reporter Brent Zwerneman is reporting that Texas A&M has fired Mike Sherman. The move had been rumored to be coming for the last few days, with reports of Sherman's dismissal first starting to appear on Thursday afternoon. 

“Decisions of this nature are never easy, and I appreciate the patience of Aggies everywhere as we carefully evaluated the current state of our football program," said Texas A&M president R. Bowen Loftin in a statement. "I would like to thank Mike Sherman for personifying Texas A&M’s core values and instilling them within our student-athletes.”

Sherman spent four years at Texas A&M, going 25-25 overall with a 15-18 record in the Big 12 and appeared in two bowls.

Sherman's team failed to meet expectations in 2011, as the Aggies began the season ranked in the top ten of both major polls. With 19 returning starters from a 2010 team that finished the season strong and played LSU in the Cotton Bowl, some thought that Texas A&M would compete for a Big 12 title and BCS bowl appearance this season.

Instead the Aggies routinely found new ways to lose games, whether by blowing second-half leads or just giving games away on offense.

Odds are that with the school leaving the Big 12 to join the SEC next season, Texas A&M didn't want to go into a new conference and the toughest division in college football with a coach on the hot seat, so making this move now and starting fresh seemed like the best alternative.

As for who the school will look to replace Sherman with, Houston's Kevin Sumlin is said to be the top target.
Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: December 1, 2011 9:36 pm

Texas A&M fires Mike Sherman

I thought for sure Sherman would be the one to give the Aggies a jolt.  Things appeared to be headed in the right direction but this season has been an absolute nightmare to watch.  Watching from afar, the Aggies could have had at least a couple more wins had a few plays gone their way.  In the end, they hurt themselves.  I don't know much about Sumlin, but heading to the SEC, A&M needs to find their footing beginning with a qualified coach who understands tradition and wants to win as much as the players.

Since: Sep 4, 2009
Posted on: December 1, 2011 8:52 pm

Texas A&M fires Mike Sherman

If they are truly going after Kevin Sumlin as their new Coach, then they are making a grave mistake. The Ags are headed for a conference that lives and breathes "defense". Sumlin is strictly an offensive-minded coach. There are no Texas Tech or Baylor defenses in the SEC. You Ags may be wishing you were still Texas' "little brother". 

Since: Sep 24, 2010
Posted on: December 1, 2011 8:44 pm

Texas A&M fires Mike Sherman

I believe in this situation, they will qualify for a loan under the Farm Subsidies Act that will allow them to pay for this dabacle and will be able to make payments. Think of it as a government bailout for the Ags :) by the good ol American public....or some wealthy aggie donors that want to try and right the tractor :)

Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: December 1, 2011 8:38 pm

Texas A&M fires Mike Sherman

This doesn't seem like a real good decision, to me.  Yes, the Aggies were only 6-6 after very high pre-season expectations, but let's see...they lost to OK State by a point, to Ark by 4 on a last minute TD by the Hogs, in overtime to Mizzou and KSU, and by 2 on a walk-off FG by Texas.  The only loss where they were dominated was at OU, which can happen to anyone that plays in Norman. 

Five of their six losses were to ranked teams (by that, I mean ranked now, at season's end, when it counts...not "ranked when they played").  And the unranked Mizzou team they lost to isn't all that bad.  After having Coryell Judie out most of the season, and Jeff Fuller at half-speed all year, it's hard for me to see why Sherman is being fired.  It isn't like he pulled a "Turner Gill" at KU, getting blown out week after week.  They were competitive in every game but one, and could easily be 11-1 now.  Doesn't seem like "firing time" to me.  And no, I am not a Sherman or a Texas A&M fan, just a sports fan.

Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2011 8:34 pm

Texas A&M fires Mike Sherman

The Farmers continue to maintain their stranglehold on the Biggest Laughing Stock Program in all of College Football. It just can't get any better that this... oh wait I forgot... they moved to the S.E.C.! There is a God of Humor and he lives in College Station!


Since: Nov 5, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 8:03 pm

Report: Texas A&M to fire Mike Sherman

'Ya think?!? (the firing I mean). Look....any school that would have Phil Gramm as its President has some real issues with what makes the real world work.

And to think - they could have had Leach which would compliment their dirty footbal tactics. What will happen if they get someone that wants to play without the flagrant personal fouls?  

Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2011 8:02 pm

Report: Texas A&M to fire Mike Sherman

Math is not the Ags strong suite. Offered the PUF they chose 1/3 as being better than 2/3. 

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2011 7:55 pm

Report: Texas A&M to fire Mike Sherman

They had signed him to an extension in September of this year. 
I don't know if the non-signing is true.  Bohls is less then reliable lowpaid hack hoping to get a scoop one day.

Either it costs 5 million or 9 million depending on the extension status.
Plus they will owe 20-25 million to the Big 12.
And it will take another 2-3 million for a new coach.

As it stands now, the SEC deal is 17 million.  A&M gets 20 million guaranteed from the Big 12 as a special one team only deal.
Even if the SEC deals increase by an unlikely 50% (the contract sitpulates good faith which 50% seems not), to 25.5 million.

It is going to take A&M most of the next decade to simply break even at that level.

More reasonable projections allow for a 20-22 million per SEC team which makes this INSANE.

A&M could be in a world of financial issues  if they knee-jerk and eat his contract.  He was a few plays from 11-1 record.

It is better to ride out Sherman and hope those close losses become wins next year.

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2011 7:32 pm

Report: Texas A&M to fire Mike Sherman

Hell no on Sumlin, Kirby Smart from Alabama

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