Friday, December 2, 2011

Mike Sherman is an ex-Texas A&M head football coach.

Texas A&M is headed to the SEC in 2012. Don't expect head football coach Mike Sherman to be coming with them, though. The school fired Sherman after a disappointing 6-6 final season in the Big 12. 

"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. However, Sherman believes he is owed $8.8 million, a source told ESPN.com's Joe Schad."

Speculation is already focusing on Houston head football coach Kevin Sumlin as a possible replacement  for Sherman, along with all the other usual suspects.

"Houston's Kevin Sumlin is A&M's top choice, a source told Schad, with Louisville's Charlie Strong, Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart and Southern Mississippi's Larry Fedora also under consideration."

Sherman's firing shouldn't come as much of a surprise, as Texas A&M's final season in the Big 12 wasn't quite the image of the western hero cleaning out up the town and riding off into the sunset. The firing does leave the Aggies in sort of an embarrassing position coming into the SEC, as it makes the school more like the b-list celebrity has-been looking to revive his career on Dancing With the Stars. The SEC will be regretting letting them and fellow Big 12 refugee Missouri any minute now, if it isn't already.

(via ESPN



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