Mike Sherman Fired: Texas A&M's Decision Was Unavoidable

Chip Sosa@ChipSosaContributor IIIDecember 2, 2011

AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 25:  Mike Sherman, head coach of Texas A&M, waves to fans following Texas A&M's 24-17 win over the University of Texas at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2010 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images)
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Thursday’s announcement of Mike Sherman’s firing will now be the subject of heated debate around college football.  

After four seasons, the Texas A&M football program is undoubtedly a better place than it was when Sherman arrived in College Station, but this is a move that had to be made.

Off the field, Coach Sherman has been a fine representative of Texas A&M to the media and potential recruits. 

He openly embraced the A&M traditions and culture, becoming an important member of the Aggie community.  

His program was run with integrity and accountability, with Von Miller saying that Coach Sherman made them “better men."

On the field, recruiting steadily improved during his tenure, and his upcoming 2012 class currently ranked seventh in the nation by Rivals.com. 

He led the Aggies to several big wins, including last year’s signature victories against Oklahoma and Nebraska. 

In the football community he is still widely regarded as having one of the best offensive minds in the game. 

In the end though, the disappointment of the 2011 season made it impractical to retain Sherman.  The team began this year ranked in the top 10 nationally, with 18 starters from last years Co-Big 12 South Champion squad.

He had an offense loaded with NFL-caliber talent and a defense that had improved leaps and bounds under defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter.   

Despite all the hype and promise coming into this season, the Aggies finished the season 6-6, infamously squandering second-half leads in five of those losses.

Halftime collapses of this magnitude are disappointing once or twice in a season, but five times is almost unfathomable. 

Even more damaging is the fact that three of those losses (Oklahoma State, Missouri and Texas) happened on Kyle Field, in front of Aggie faithful, who were more excited about this team than any in recent memory.

With a season as embarrassing and inexcusable and this, and a 25-25 record after four seasons, firing Mike Sherman was the right thing to do.

Texas A&M can now prepare for its upcoming move to the SEC under new leadership.  They will likely try to infuse some energy and enthusiasm into their football program by pursuing a young fiery coach, like the University of Houston’s Kevin Sumlin.

Coach Sherman will also be fine, and will surely receive a hefty chunk of change from A&M as he departs. 

With his credentials and reputation, he should be back on the sidelines coaching soon, possibly even returning to the NFL as a coordinator or head coach. 

Most importantly, after being at the helm of the disastrous 2011 season, he won’t have to look his players in the eye and teach them about accountability after avoiding it himself.


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