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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.
Comments

Since: May 25, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 2:12 pm
 

Mike Sherman should be nervous

This ridiculous paragraph is typical from snobby Tea-Sipping Longhorn "fans", he's probably never been to Austin or set foot in a class in Austin.  It's what we Aggies (people who go to the school) call "T-Shirt" fans.  They look at overall statistics like when they use to beat us, when we were a military college, and our athletes had to be soldiers as well.  But the glaring fact they always seem to leave out, because they are misinformed, is the that A&M was here in Texas first, and if we didn't give the land grant for "their" school, there would be no school in Austin.  So we technically will always "own" the school from Austin.
While they were winning football games, we were commissioning soldiers into OUR UNITED STATES MILITARY!
You can keep your victories on a field, I'll keep my school and the real people who GO there!

Gig Em Ags




Since: Sep 6, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2011 1:58 pm
 

Mike Sherman should be nervous

Sherman will be fine as long as does not get the dreaded "vote of confidence" from the AD.



Since: Sep 6, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2011 1:57 pm
 

Mike Sherman should be nervous

Sherman will be fine as long as does not get the dreaded "vote of confidence" from the AD.

42-14
RTR



Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2011 1:18 pm
 

Mike Sherman should be nervous

No one, not even Mike Sherman, hopes Sherman will be back.  No, I take that back.  TEXAS alums and members of the Aggies almost old conference, The Big 12, will be happy to see Mediocre Mike take A&M into the SEC.  The SEC seems to have the upper hand on our Big 12, and the highly preseason rated Ags must be feeling a little queasy heading into the SEC West.  Replacing the Longhorns, Sooners, Cowboys with the Razorbacks, Crimson Tide, and Bengal Tigers looks like an all too predictable punchline to an Aggie joke.  From the standpoint of this Longhorn, I don't believe we have a better team this year than OU, Ok. State, Baylor, or A&M.  Mizzou is the only team we shouldn't have lost to.  But we beat the Aggies at a better than two to one ratio.  A&M has shut out the Longhorns 10 times in 110 years and UT has shut out the Aggies 24 times.  Not a rivalry to UT.  A&M will need a charismatic genius to prevent them from being an SEC patsy.  For UT, we will miss our patsy Ags.  But we will not miss their President and AD blaming TEXAS for running them out of the conference (okay, that is pretty funny), their whining, excuses, and their embarrassing ability to be their own worst enemy.  We will continue to laugh at their expense and hope to live long enough see even greater futility than that of trying to be as great as their Longhorn foes.  However, knowing the heart of the Aggies, they will never, ever, never admit they made a mistake by leaving for the SEC, firing Slocum, or any of the other bonehead decision coming out of Aggie-land.  Their course into the SEC is as ill-conceive as their alum and our governor, Rick "Don't y'all get to vote at 21?" Perry's run for the Presidency.  And this, friends, is the Golden Age of Aggies.  What must the Aggie winter look like?



Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 1:01 pm
 

Mike Sherman should be nervous

Not only that, but isn't A&M still on the hook for some of Franchione's salary?



Since: Jul 20, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2011 12:50 pm
 

Pete Carroll was the exception

NFL coaches just don't typically work out in college. Bill Callahan, Greg Robinson, John Makovic, Bill Walsh. The week to week intensity level needed in college just doesn't apply in the NFL. In college, every game is a playoff game for the schools that take football seriously. I'm sure there are other coaches I don't have time to list...... and Pete Carroll cheated, so I guess we can scratch him off, too.



Since: Jul 20, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2011 12:50 pm
 

Pete Carroll was the exception

NFL coaches just don't typically work out in college. Bill Callahan, Greg Robinson, John Makovic, Bill Walsh. The week to week intensity level needed in college just doesn't apply in the NFL. In college, every game is a playoff game for the schools that take football seriously. I'm sure there are other coaches I don't have time to list...... and Pete Carroll cheated, so I guess we can scratch him off, too.



Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 12:24 pm
 

Mike Sherman should be nervous

LSU, from what I understand it basically comes down to money.  His buyout is around $9mil and we still have to pay the BigXII their ducats for leaving the conference.  As an A&M grad, I remember how we ran off R.C. Slocum when all he did was win (no losing seasons, worst record 6-6) and got five years of Dennis Fraudchione as a result.  I hope Sherman gets another year, I really hope he talks to Jackie Sherrill about motivational speeches, and I really really hope he gets an offensive coordinator.  Next year was always going to be rough; if we coach and perform next year like we did in 2011, we'll be cellar dwellers for a decade.



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2011 12:16 pm
 

Mike Sherman should be fired

There, I fixed the headline for you.  How can this guy still have a job.  If a football game was only 30 minutes long, he may be the coach of the year, but it is for a full 60 minutes and this guy just does not get it.  I do not know what goes on a halftime in his locker rooms, but it is surely bad news and not the least bit productive.  How many collapses can one program tolerate before a change is made? 


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