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Texas A&M Fires Sherman; Will Enter SEC With A New Coach

When you’ve got oil money behind you, it appears you can pay a $9 million buyout pretty easily.  (UPDATE — Sherman’s buyout is only about $5.8M as opposed to the $9M that was reported earlier in The Houston Chronicle.)

Texas A&M has fired head coach Mike Sherman just a week after president R. Bowen Loftin gave him a vote of confidence.  Of course, a heartbreaking loss to hated Texas played out between then and now and that defeat clearly served as the straw that broke Reveille’s back.   The Aggies finished 6-6 despite preseason predictions for a Top 10 season.

Ole Miss fans are fearful that Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart might be on A&M’s wish list — because the Rebels are looking him over, too — but we hear the Aggies might actually stay close to home to find their next coach.  Houston’s Kevin Sumlin wouldn’t have far to move.

 


34 comments
Alan Powell
Alan Powell

Sumlin can get a better job than a&m

William Steiner-Lynn
William Steiner-Lynn

Mario Cristobal from FIU is a coach to watch. Although FIU had a disappointing year, He will be hired by a bigger name school before long.

John
John

Well, if you count the phantom title on the BS pass interference call against Miami.

stringfellow716
stringfellow716

Any chance Tressel is available? Talk about a winner. Everywhere he has been he has produced national championships.

Rob
Rob

Sumlin might be a great coach for A&M, but I think they should have given Sherman a couple more years. For one thing, hasn't Texas A&M improved it's recruiting under Sherman? And how about expectations? Haven't they improved?

But my big reason is because I'm not sure it's smart to begin SEC play with a new coach. On one hand, a lot would be new to Sherman too, and a new coach would learn along with the rest of A&M's program. I just remember when Arkansas joined and I believe we fired our coach after the first game that year, before ever playing a SEC game, and went through our first season with an interim coach. I wouldn't want to go that route if I were an A&M fan.

CircusIsInTown
CircusIsInTown

The new coach at Texas A&M will be on the sidelines in Houston on Saturday. Which sidelines is anyone's guess. I can give you 4 million reasons why it might be the one sideline over the other.

texaggies89
texaggies89

6-6 and losing to t.u. at home in the big finale after a Top 10 preseason prediction... Coach Sherman looked about as confused on the sideline as Francione did. The Aggies sure need a strong head coach for a change, been a while. Who would be a better SEC Head Coach, Smart or Sumlin?

John
John

But Tennessee has Derek Dooley, so I'm not worried about a thing :(

Milo Moon
Milo Moon

I would not be so quick to hop onto the Saban coaching tree bandwagon. His tree has not produced any home runs yet, Dooley, Muschamp and Jimbo have not hit anything out of the park yet.

Gil
Gil

Reveille, not Revielle

Aggiefaithful
Aggiefaithful

I can only hope Mr. Sherrill and Mr. Stallings will be the voice of reason with our Pres. and AD, and we go after someone who knows, coached, and has been a proven winner in the SEC; mentored by one of the best in the buisness. Have I mentioned Kirby Smart would be a great hire ? :)

Alan Powell
Alan Powell

I retract my previous comment. Today's choke job by Sumlin fits the current AGGIE season and tradition.
He appears to have not prepared in any way for the C-USA championship game. But Houston pro sports teams usually are like that too.

Andy
Andy

Texas A&M will never hire a t-sipper from Texas. The last thing Aggies want to hear is they had to hire a Texas guy to bail them out! Kinda like Alabama hiring an Auburn coach because they couldn't win :)

Fayettechill14
Fayettechill14

I doubt A&M would hire a Texas guy. He's good, though, and will get his shot. Made Longhorn fans forget about Muschamp.

Rob
Rob

Tressel might make Texas A&M the most hated team in the conference, starting immediately. It would be an interesting hire. Something tells me that Tressel wouldn't be interested, though, considering his poor record against SEC teams.

Texag12
Texag12

Aggies do not lie cheat or steal or tolerate those who do. Tressell has broken the Aggie honor code in too drastic of a fashion to be hired by a&m

tradeassociation
tradeassociation

Neither. The idea that Kirby Smart - 35, has barely been in coaching 12 years, and has no high level experience apart from being Nick Saban's DC the past 5 years (meaning it's Saban's defense and players) - is capable of running a big time program is ridiculous. The fact that the hire might work out doesn't justify the totally unnecessary risk. Now I don't think that A&M should hire Sumlin either because his offense is a poor matchup for SEC defenses (though Sumlin can run a different offense) but at least Sumlin is 47, been in coaching going on 25 years, and has 7 years of coordinator/special teams coach experience (at Oklahoma and A&M) and 4 years as a head coach.

If you look at the SEC during their run (which despite the national media haters would have you believe, actually began with Alabama's national title in 1992, not in 2006) the better SEC coaches were - or recently had been - successful head coaches at other schools (Spurrier from Duke, Saban from Michigan State, Miles from Oklahoma State, Chizik from Iowa State, Petrino from Louisville, Brooks from Oregon etc.) The assistants and guys hired from non-AQ schools haven't been nearly as successful: Urban Meyer, Mark Richt and Houston Nutt have been the best from that group (and a lot of Meyer's success was due to having an all-star staff that Florida AD Jeremy Foley helped him assemble).

As A&M is not (yet) a "Big 6" SEC school, hiring a guy from the Big 10 or Big 12 (a guy that you'd want anyway) like LSU did is likely not realistic. But an established, successful ACC or Big East coach (assuming such an animal exists beyond Frank Beamer) would be something to root for.

smit
smit

you guys need tubberville

tradeassociation
tradeassociation

Not saying that Kirby Smart is a good choice, because the guy is 35 years old, has only been a coordinator 4 years, and we have yet to see what he can do without Saban overseeing him and NFL minor league talent. Still, I don't get the bashing of Dooley, Muschamp and Fisher. The 3 have 5 years of head coaching between them, and neither of them walked into an ideal situation. Where Gene Chizik had 26 seniors last year at Auburn, with 5 of them in the rotation on his offensive line, Dooley had 13, most of them non-contributors. And Muschamp's 65 scholarship players, including only 1 viable QB (who got hurt), no viable RBs or WRs, and no OLs capable of playing tackle in a passing offense, has already been discussed on this site. Gator fans are only angry at Muschamp - who actually had only 1 less win in the regular season than last year's FAR HEALTHIER team - because he wasn't the hire that they wanted (more on that later).

Plus knocking Fisher's results is silly ... the guy won 10 games his first year and 8 (with a bowl game yet to go) his second, and that is despite not being able to keep a QB upright either season. A healthy Christian Ponder and EJ Manuel the past 2 years, the 'Noles win 22 games and an ACC title the past 2 years instead of 18, and everyone is talking about how they're back.

It is amazing how Dan Mullen - the guy that Gator fans wanted and still want - gets all this publicity as a great coach doing this amazing job when all he has done is taken a program that went 12-13 the 2 years before he got there and gone 20-17 the 3 years since. Doesn't anybody know that Mullen is 9-15 in SEC games, including 0-12 against Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas, and LSU and winless against ranked teams? Yeah, that's a guy that gets linked to every major opening in the country while Jimbo Fisher, with an 18-8 record (11-5 in his conference) isn't working out?

Bob Magee
Bob Magee

come on Gil, I hope you were joking with John. He meant no disrespect. If you have been reading this site since this whole thing started 18 months ago, you would know that.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

Gil...

Sorry for the spelling error at 9:15pm. Only been going since 9am.

John

79dawg4life
79dawg4life

Diaz is not really a "texas" guy.... you could say he is a combination of schools to make Diaz what he is. The question for Diaz is going to be what is going to happen to Mack Brown...... if he steps down, what and where does Diaz do and go?

OldAg
OldAg

Well...before throwing stones, what about Pres. Loftin "failing" to sign Sherman's contract extension after Sherman had accepted the offer. That saved A&M $3 million, but the "character issue" will someday come back to haunt Loftin and A&M. Putting Loftin's character aside, I agree that Tressell is not for A&M, even though he's a proven coach.

AllTideUp
AllTideUp

Saban has said even in public that he feels Smart is ready to be a HC. He might be wrong, but I don't know enough about it to disagree with him.

Richt was also a first time HC at UGA and was in his early 40s I believe.

Sumlin is a good coach, but I doubt his offense will win a lot of games in the SEC and he's definitely going to need a great DC either way. I think another good move for A&M would be Gary Patterson.

Texag12
Texag12

I don't buy it about smart. 5 years is a long time to be mentored by a nick saban. No doubt his head coaching style would mimic saban's. I think a&m should roll the dice and give an assistant a chance. Sumlin scares me because Houston tanked after keenum's injury last year. That offense is all case keenum's. Not the coaching staffs. I even like fedora. It's completely surrounded by sec schools. No doubt he's familiar with sec life. Not to mention he's from college station.

Rob
Rob

For once, I agree with you. Except that I think you're wrong about A&M having trouble hiring a guy from the Big 10 or Big 12. A&M has a lot to offer and can probably do better then most SEC schools.

Texags12
Texags12

I like tubbs. It would piss tech off so bad though which is always fun. Never thought he fit in over there. He's too classy.

Milo Moon
Milo Moon

I was just questioning the the love for Kirby Smart. The Saban coaching tree has not had any home run success. Jimbo was at FSU two years before taking over - so part of the situation he walked into was his own making. He also walked into the best situation out of the three, and thus has the best success. Dooley is in the middle of a mess at UT. I have not questioned his leadership and still think that he will long term be a great coach for Tennessee. If UT admin and fans are patient enough to give him enough time for success. That is a big IF. The KY game last week was the first game that I felt we would have won if we have had Saban/Miles as a coach the last two seasons. Muschamp is the big question - did Meyer sink the program that much or is Muschamp not delivering. All three had their share of bad luck with injuries and players - but they were not the only team to do that. LSU has had more issues than anyone and excelled. That is how I evaluate if a coach should go or not. I take whom I believe is a top coach and substitute them for our current coach and hypothesize the previous seasons. Regardless of whom you place in charge of UT, the results would not be much different.

RJW
RJW

Good post

Andy
Andy

Well, it was widely reported that Sherman was given an extension throughout the media. Not that they are right much, but hard to imagine there wasn't an agreement when the announcement came out of Aggieland.

Old Sarge
Old Sarge

You are speculating a good deal when no details about what transpired between Sherman and the school admin's have been revealed yet. Also, I thought it was reported that it was Sherman that never signed the extension. I think when the details come out we will find that it was done hand in hand with Shermans cooperation in an effort to not lose the recruits and I bet the way it was done was Shermans call.



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