New coach now needed for Aggies
Posted: Friday, December 2, 2011 7:01 pm
By KRISTIE RIEKEN
AP Sports Writer
Texas A&M will enter the Southeastern Conference with a new football coach.
Mike Sherman was fired Thursday after the Aggies finished the regular season a disappointing 6-6.
Athletic Director Bill Byrne announced the move in a statement.
The Aggies, who are leaving the Big 12 for the SEC next season, must now find a replacement to lead the team into their ultra-competitive new league.
The school hasn’t named any candidates, but possible replacements could include Houston coach Kevin Sumlin or Louisville coach Charlie Strong. Sumlin, who has led the seventh-ranked Cougars to a 12-0 record, was an assistant at A&M from 2001-02. Strong also spent time with the Aggies, working as a graduate assistant in 1985.
Sherman, 25-25 in four seasons at A&M, had three years remaining on his contract and the buyout will be about $5.8 million. He was given a one-year extension to his original contract in July, but it was never executed.
He was hired at the end of the 2007 season three days after Dennis Franchione resigned.
His best and only winning season came last year when the Aggies won their last six regular-season games and lost in the Cotton Bowl to finish 9-4.
“I appreciate Coach Sherman’s selfless service to Texas A&M as our head football coach and his tireless efforts in building leaders of character,” Byrne said in the statement. “He is truly one of the great offensive minds in football, both collegiate and professional, and I know that he has much to offer the game of football in the future.”
Published in The Messenger 12.2.11