Sporadic winning by Texas A&M didn't make up for the embarrassing six-loss season it had to suffer through this season. They are headed to the SEC and a fresh start demanded a new head coach, making firing Mike Sherman the only option for the Aggies.
This was his fourth year in the program, and nobody should be shocked that a 6-6 record resulted in his firing. The Big 12 was brutal this year, but Texas A&M is going to be facing stiff competition like that year in and year out in the SEC.
A&M doesn't want to be a school that can deliver upset losses every once in a while. It could be a team that plays spoiler to a juggernaut's season, or it could be one of the teams that makes the SEC so strong.
Texas A&M is now one of the most attractive available coaching jobs in college football. This article by the Washington Post points to Houston's Kevin Sumlin and Louisville's Charlie Strong as potential candidates.
Joining the SEC is going to give them a huge recruiting boost, allow them to play in front of a national audience and thrust them into the spotlight more than ever before.
They have the tools to be excellent, and it's easy to see that the program under Sherman peaked last season.
It's time for change. A&M is a new team in an unforgiving conference, and with a new coach at the helm, they can be a force in the conference right out of the gate.
Texas A&M had to part ways with Sherman to give themselves a chance to be successful.