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A&M acts late on Sherman

Posted on: December 1, 2011 10:04 pm

Something happened with Mike Sherman.

A day ago he was talking about recruiting three stars and turning them into five stars. Come to think of it, maybe that’s why he was fired Thursday.

Targeting three stars is probably not the right philosophy going into the SEC.

Anyway, something happened to Sherman. Radically. A day ago it looked like the Aggies’ coach was safe. The athletic department owed a lot of money to a lot of people but … come to think to think of it, maybe that’s why he was fired Thursday.

Four years, .500 record. A&M had enough especially owing upwards of $50 million to various entities ($16 million loan to the university, $9 million to buyout Sherman, unknown exit fee to the Big 12).

Something happened to Mike Sherman and it likely has a brush mustache and is part of the Bowtie Revolution.

That would be president R. Bowen Loftin, the driving force behind the school’s move to the SEC. A little Bowen mind-reading here: Best to start with a clean slate with the competition about to be ratcheted up in the SEC.

Great idea except that Loftin is an academic making intrusions into a glorious, tradition-bound football program. That said, Sherman was a reach from the start. AD Bill Byrne handed a seven-year contract to the Houston Texans’ offensive coordinator. Who exactly was Byrne’s competition?

What he got in exchange was a 25-25 record and numerous blown second-half leads. The Aggies, in a word, were soft. At least this year. A 20-3 halftime lead at home melted away against Oklahoma State and its 107<sup>th</sup>-ranked pass defense. There was an 18-point halftime lead against Baylor that went pffft. The Aggies led mediocre Missouri 14-0 at home. And blew that one too.

Much more was expected out of a team that was 9-4 in 2010 and returned 18 starters. Someone at A&M likely looked around and saw Arizona hire Rich Rodriguez and Washington State Mike Leach and asked, “Just what the hell are we doing about anything?”

That someone was probably Loftin. He conspicuously changed his tune on Sherman following the Thanksgiving night loss to Texas.

Before: “As far as I'm concerned, yes," he said Tuesday. "We don't want to make any hasty moves, and we look forward to him being our football coach in the future."

After:  "We're thinking hard about [the season and the future]."

A president is allowed to change his mind, but this president has his nose poked so far into athletics that, well, you get it. A&M most likely will pursue Kevin Sumlin, one of its former assistants. Sumlin is right down the road in Houston about to take the Cougars to a BCS bowl.

But A&M might be late. There was a report Thursday that Arizona State had already offered Sumlin. I’ve got a better idea. There’s a young guy up the road coordinating a salty defense. Had a great year. Name’s Manny Diaz. Works for Texas.

But that would be deal breaker for Bowtie Guy who just let century-old ties with the Longhorns to head South. His program may already be headed there. 

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Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2011 8:30 am

Suggested hires who might want to go to A&M

How about JoePa. He's available and would like opportunity to restore his image.

How about Houston Nutt. He'd fit in perfectly there at A&M with his name.

Funny they would fire Sherm without a clue as to who might want to coach there. Time's a wasting Saggies. 

Since: Sep 7, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2011 9:49 pm

A&M acts late on Sherman

Good job A&M it was about time, I thought Franchionie was a good hire, but hey Sherman bust too.  Good school good rivalry, you should be able to get a better coach/recruiter, hell we're in Texas!
  Hopefully they can keep the game going.

Since: Mar 7, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2011 7:41 pm

A&M acts late on Sherman

I have to question your statement about the Aggies 50 years ago. From 1960 thru 1969 the Aggie record was 34 wins 69 loses and 6 ties and they only played in one bowl game (Cotton Bowl 1967) and they beat an Alabma team coached by Bear Bryant 20-16. In the seventies the Aggie played in 4 bowl games won 2 (Florida and Iowa State) lost 2 ( both to USC). The Aggies Didn't start having consistently good seasons until 1985 and that lasted until 2000. In their good years they were coached by Jackie Sherrill who new how to motivate and R C Slocum who demanded discipline. Two things that seem to be lacking under Sherman. Before you decide to comment you should check your facts first.

Since: Sep 25, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 6:55 pm

A&M acts late on Sherman

I totally agree Bugman07.  He is a defensive minded coach and would, from a defensive perspective, fit good with what TAMU needs and what the SEC demands.  His offensive philosophy, I suspect, would change.

Since: Jan 28, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2011 5:20 pm

A&M acts late on Sherman

I'd rather have the AIDS than go anywhere in Texas...

Since: Aug 10, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 5:00 pm

A&M acts late on Sherman

So is Punky Brewster.

Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 4:44 pm

A&M acts late on Sherman

Bugman: Maybe b/c of the Franchione legacy? WDYT? Sherman is a sympton. The cause is Loftin and Byrne. Byrne gave Sherman a vote of confidence the day before he was axed, and then Loftin is the one that made the announcement. That should be the AD's job. Loftin could be a great administrator but he's destroying the athletic programs at TAMU. When the fan base revolts en masse, he will understand this in spades. If you're an Aggie, it's good to hate Texas; it's not good to run the school with the idea of demonstrating that.

Since: Jun 12, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 4:35 pm

A&M acts late on Sherman

Dysfunctional approach to moving into the SEC and now, a dysfunctional way to fire Sherman. They need to take a hard look at the AD!

Since: Mar 4, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2011 4:09 pm

A&M acts late on Sherman

I guess I don't understand why someone hasn't taken a run at TCU's Gary Patterson.  In twelve years at TCU, he's 107-30.  Granted, the completition hasn't been the toughest, but he's proven to be a great coach.  He's been named AP and AFCA Coach of the Year, and won the Rose Bowl last year.  I think A&M would be lucky to have someone like him leading them.

Since: Feb 21, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2011 3:50 pm

A&M acts late on Sherman

I have legit question to ask of Aggie Fans. During the course of the Longhorn Rivalry with the exception of the 80s and early 90's the Longhorns pretty much took it to the Aggies. The Aggies faithful would always complain the playing field was much money, too much power, etc, etc. So my question is if the Aggies the next 4 years play .500 ball or less in SEC(Which will happen) who are the Aggies going to blame? They have always lived in the shadow of their big(and I mean big) brother. They could always go home and cry to Momma big brother was mean to them. But now the Aggies have left home. SO who are they going to blame? Surely it not the Aggies fault they suck. My guess is they will still blame the Longhorns for their failures.

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