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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: Sep 8, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 2:49 pm

A&M acts late on Sherman

Kevin Sumlin Head coach and Mike Stoops Defensive Coordinator......


Since: Sep 15, 2010
Posted on: December 2, 2011 2:45 pm

A&M acts late on Sherman

That's the problem.  They don't have that kind of money.  They owe everybody (including Loftin who loaned the AD millions to keep the program afloat.)  I suppose some moneybags from the 12th Man Foundation could ante up, but then you owe that person too.  (ask OSU how they feel about that.)

Since: Sep 15, 2010
Posted on: December 2, 2011 2:39 pm

A&M acts late on Sherman

I feel bad for Sherman.  He's a good guy.  But as a Longhorn living in College Station, I gotta say it gives me a giggle.

Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: December 2, 2011 2:34 pm

A&M acts late on Sherman

How good a job is the HC at A&M?  Just wondering.  I can imagine it is attractive to someone, of course.  Good school, tradition, academics, etc.  But is it attractive to a supposedly top coach?  It looks to this Longhorn that whoever leads the Ags into the SEC has a slim chance of making a difference in the first seasons, from now through 2014 or so.  But that would not deter someone who upon getting fired can claim they were competitive losers in the nations toughest conference.  Would a guy like Tressel be interested?  Seems like A&M, if not the bowtie guy, needs a Jon Gruden/Tressel/ big impact persona to have a chance at recruiting and taking on the SEC West bullies--LSU, Arkansas, Bama.  In paying off the Big 12, Sherman, etc, do the Ags have Ohio State money to throw at a big name?

Since: May 22, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 1:37 pm

A&M acts late on Sherman

A&M is going to get bashed in the SEC. It's not Sherman's fault, they were only an average to good team regardless.I had no doubt about that this season.

Since: Dec 13, 2010
Posted on: December 2, 2011 1:06 pm

A&M acts late on Sherman

Houston Nutt!! Bwahahahahahaha!

Since: Jul 20, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2011 12:54 pm

A&M acts late on Sherman

Bill Callahan

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 12:53 pm

A&M acts late on Sherman

If Texas doesn't get the field goal on the final drive, there is happiness and dancing in the streets around Aggieland and Shermanis the unquestioned coach to lead them into the SEC. Seven days later, he's fired and you complain they acted "late"??? Did you want them to dire him with his Thanksgiving leftovers? Talk about heartless.

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