Aggies have traditionally taken great pride in their institution, with its storied history of achievement, especially in the military and engineering arenas.
Alums point with pride to the lessons of perseverance, discipline, and ingenuity that they garnered from College Station during their respective tenures there. A quality they always point to that exists in an Aggie is patience…patience to get the job done, to do it right, to figure out the calculation, or to stand guard on a lonely outpost in the name of honor and duty.
‘Cept when it comes to winning on the gridiron.
In that case, patience can wear thin pretty quick, as slick Dennis Franchione found out a few years back. One wonders how much patience for Coach Mike Sherman the maroon faithful has left. Simply put, is this the season for Sherman to put up or…be gone?
Sherman has built a high powered offense that looks like it will only get better. Led by a very, very good senior quarterback, Jerrod Johnson, the Aggies return a slew of experienced underclassmen. With eight returning starters they should be able to score on anyone this year. Anyone.
A new defensive scheme, the 3-4, is also being introduced. The defense will be led by a talented new hire, Defensive Coordinator Tim DeRuyter, who was lured away from Air Force. This, hopefully, will help to improve on last year’s woeful defenseive performance. Additionally, the Aggies are counting on the increased maturation of the players, nine of whom return from last years starting defensive line up.
Sherman has also stocked the shelves with a couple of heralded recruiting classes. He had a stellar class in 2009. And despite a few setbacks, which included losing headliner recruit Corey Nelson of Dallas to Oklahoma, A&M’s recruiting class in 2010 was ranked in the top 15 nationally. Pretty impressive for a program that finished 6-7 last year.
And therein lays the crux of the matter.
Sherman’s done a good job recruiting. He’s built a potent offense. He's brought some good coaching talent in. But his teams are 4-8 and 6-7 the last two years. He needs to start getting some better results.
With the plethora of returning players, expectations in Aggieland are high. As well they should be. This is A&M, dang it, not some patsy second tier program happy for the occasional winning season. They get some of the best players from the state of Texas, reknowned for it's football prowess. Sub-par seasons are not what people are expecting.
If Sherman does not get the team to produce and generate at least eight wins this year…things might get a bit shaky for him.
Six or seven wins, he is on quicksand mixed with Jello. But he'd probobly hang in for one more year, if for no other reason that the longer he is here, the quicker people can forget that Franchione ever existed.
But, God forbid, a losing season?
He’ll be gone like yesterday.
This is the time for Sherman to show he can get it done in the Big 12. He has the players. He has the coaches. They know his system.
Git er' done. Or be gone.