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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. 

Category: NCAAF

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 10:19 am

Death Trap

A&M is becoming a death trap for good coaches.  Supposedly huge potential, enormous expectations, rabid alumni, more bosses than you can count.  Please don't hire Kevin Sumlin, I like him too much to wish this situation upon him.

Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2011 9:57 am

A&M acts late on Sherman

Sumlin will only win at A&M if Case Keenum gets a 7th, 8th and 9th year of eligibility.
Larry Fedora is the choice............

not to mention sumlin has turned down offers before to stay at houston, you hit the nail on the head with fedora, since college station is his hometown, as a southern miss alum, i would hate to lose fedora, but i cant exactly blame him if he is going back home, i just hope that if they do go after him, please do so quickly, we have another southern miss alum up the road that would easily get the job offer if we were to lose fedora, but if this thing drags out too long, he could end up signing with another team rather than coming home where he belongs, and his name is HUGH FREEZE, head coach at bowl eligible arkansas state

Since: Dec 23, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2011 9:47 am

A&M acts late on Sherman

Sumlin will only win at A&M if Case Keenum gets a 7th, 8th and 9th year of eligibility.
Larry Fedora is the choice............ 

Since: Nov 14, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 9:38 am

A&M acts late on Sherman

I second the motion to get a coach with the personna of JACKIE SHERRIL.

Since: Aug 9, 2010
Posted on: December 2, 2011 9:17 am

A&M acts late on Sherman


Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 8:57 am

A&M acts late on Sherman

Mike Sherman didn't have a pulse. Remember Jackie Sherrill? He came in & kicked $%*!@ in College Station, & it translated to alot of victories on the field. That's the kind of coach A&M needs to take them into the SEC ... no "player's coach." or someone who plays nice in the sandbox.  Now that Urban Meyer is off the books, the best guy out there that fits this profile is none other than JIM TRESSEL. Hire him TODAY!

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 8:55 am

Facing Facts

I fear the Aggies are in a bit of trouble.  In truth, the Aggies have been the fourth best football program in Texas over the last decade -- Texas, Texas Tech (under Leach), and TCU have all be better.  I don't know what's going on there, but this is not good.  I am thinking the Aggies are just a means to an end.  The SEC gets access to Texas TV markets and recruits and only has to worry about a mediocre football team.  Going to the SEC will not solve the problems they have

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 5:14 am

A&M acts late on Sherman

Cool story bro, Dodd, but there's a healthy candidate pool of potential HC's this year, even those not named Leach, Rodriguez, or Diaz.

Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 4:20 am

A&M acts late on Sherman

Welcome to the SEC, Aggies... snicker, snicker... snort, snort!!

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2011 3:48 am

A&M acts late on Sherman

Well, Texas A&M's biggest immediate need is to recruit defensive players, players who can keep the other team from scoring.  Defense is what wins and preserves wins in the SEC.  Are A&M officials going into their venture into new terrotory aware fo this? 

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