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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: Mar 11, 2010
Posted on: December 2, 2011 1:15 am

A&M acts late on Sherman

This article makes my heart smile. Well played Dodd. "Bowtie guy", epic!

Since: Sep 29, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 12:57 am

A&M acts late on Sherman

Since the Big 12 started:

Football - UT 11 wins/A&M 5 wins

Basketball - UT 10 wins/A&M 6 wins (since Gillespie & Turgeon started coaching)       
;     &nbs
p;     Before Gillespie/Turgeon Texas won 15 of 16 Big 12 meetings
;     &nbs
p;     Totals: UT 25/A&M 7

Baseball - Hard to find archive. Texas leads overall 239-121-5 Although, A&M has played very well over the past 20+ years.

I'm not trying to shove it down your throat, I'm just giving you the facts. I do know A&M owned Texas (in football) during the 80's & early 90's. While A&M has wonderful tradition, I don't think they've put enough emphasis on the football program(coaching). Heading into the SEC, this gives A&M new blood. I hope, for your sake and Aggieland, the Aggies find a way to build a great program. Best of luck in the SEC!
;     &nbs

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 12:53 am

A&M acts late on Sherman

-159 wow I have never before seen a post with that low of a score. Sherm is a good coach maybe he ends up back in the big leagues as an o coordinator.

Since: Dec 1, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 11:57 pm

A&M acts late on Sherman



Since: Feb 21, 2009
Posted on: December 1, 2011 11:44 pm

A&M acts late on Sherman

Aggie fan says its all good???????? As a Longhorn, thats exactly what I was thinking too. Just wait until Trey Williams decommits this year and the recruiting of Texas kids dries up going forward. The Aggies are so coach, no strong leadership on campus. (Even your CFO of your athletic department posted how bad it is. Being the True Aggie  that he is he didnt know he could be found out )I love how the adminstation has been begging the Horns to play them after you slithered out of the state. I will remember the 5 blown games with double digit leads for a long, long time. Yea Aggie fan you are so right...Its all good.

Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 11:18 pm

A&M acts late on Sherman

This is getting to be funny and sad simultaneously. What has been a great program that should be able to compete with anybody nationally has become a joke within the state.

1. Byrne is from Nebraska, who hates Texas b/c they Horns owned the Huskers. While it's good to hire someone who hates Texas, you don't want them acting just because they hate Texas.
Byrne has to go.

2. Loftin is too concerned and not knowledgeable enough about football. I won't say Loftin has to go b/c he has other fish to fry besides FB, but the fact that he is allowing Byrne to hang around is enough right there.

3. These guys can only get an OC for the Texans? 3-star players? These guys should be able to go toe-to-toe with Texas (before the SEC move). Think what you want, but the $$$ is less for the Aggies right now until the SEC renegotiates their deal.

Maybe the rich alum will bail them out again (Franchione anyone?). But eventually, these guys will revolt and it will really get ugly.     

Since: Dec 1, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 11:17 pm

A&M acts late on Sherman

Got away, as in got beat down one more time and ran away? Is that what you mean?

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2011 11:12 pm

A&M acts late on Sherman

It's being reported on Fox Arizona Sports that Kevin Sumlin will leave Houston to Arizona State after the Conference USA championship game on Saturday before any announcement is made. I hope this story is true because we need a guy like Sumlin to light a fire once again to the Sun Devils community.

Since: Oct 28, 2010
Posted on: December 1, 2011 10:57 pm

A&M acts late on Sherman

Bring on Kevin Sumlin. AZ State may be knee deep into their conversation with him but A & M has more for him. Coach and recruit in the same place he's built his reputation but know be able to get the big boys. Coach in the best conference in the college football. Coach at a place he's worked at for a few years.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2011 10:54 pm

A&M acts late on Sherman

Don't you just hate that when the AD has your back the next day gone. But Both of them Texas A&M is a GREAT Football school. I guess next year they all will be wearing bow ties. Just to satisfy the bowtie guy.

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