Posted by Tom Fornelli
CBSSports.com 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.