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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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Comments

Since: Nov 29, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 12:45 pm
 

A&M acts late on Sherman

Tim Brewster is available



Since: Sep 25, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 12:36 pm
 

A&M acts late on Sherman

A&M needs to get a defensive minded coach to take the helm.  Mike Stoops, Mike Singletary, Brent Venables, Manny Diaz kinda guy would serve TAMU's purposes well in football.  Heck, they probably should just hire RC back as HC!



Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 12:20 pm
 

A&M acts late on Sherman

So BCS top 25 is "mediocre" these days?  If you don't win out and aren't in the championship game your team sucks.



Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2011 12:08 pm
 

A&M acts late on Sherman

I heard there's a coach in Happy Valley that's available. You Aggies always go for the best. Enjoy the cellar, whiners. 27-25.



Since: Dec 1, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 12:05 pm
 

A&M acts late on Sherman

YET YOU FAIL TO MENTION IN YOUR RESPONSE WHAT YEAR AND DEGREE YOU EARNED FROM UT.  HMMMMMMM



Since: Aug 29, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2011 11:58 am
 

A&M acts late on Sherman

True story. Three days ago I was randomly looking up Kirby Smart on Wikipedia Mobile, it had him listed as the Head Coach at Texas A&M. It was quickly pulled off the site (within a couple of hours). Let's see what happens. If it does end up being Smart, I would like to know who posted that.



Since: Nov 5, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2011 11:55 am
 

A&M acts late on Sherman

The guy below me is not only dumb, he is downright retarded.



Since: Apr 27, 2010
Posted on: December 2, 2011 11:41 am
 

Biased

Every article I see by Dodd is so biased toward University of Texas it's pathetic. Even an article fully focused on A&M's coaching situation has a piece of UT propaganda sprinkled in with the suggestion of Manny Diaz. 



Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: December 2, 2011 11:12 am
 

A&M acts late on Sherman

@pathouo

Hey, change your avatar to "pathetic".  The usual fallback for the little aggie d-bags, accusing every 'Horn fan of being a "t-shirt t-sip".  Lame and in what world does anybody care about women's basketball and track & field?

What a maroon!
HEY LONGHORNROX.....


DIDN'T YOUR PRECIOUS HORNS JUST FINISH THE LAST TWO SEASONS ONE GAME OVER 500?   HASN'T A&M OVERALL ATHLETICS KICKED UT'S U KNOW WHAT *** THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS?  AND OH... I BET YOU DID NOT EVEN GRADUATE YOU T-SHIRT T-SIP




Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2011 10:54 am
 

A&M acts late on Sherman

Poor aggies. Have fun in the SEC with Coach Fill In The Blank.


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