Texas A&M has fired men’s football head coach after the Aggies ended the season with a .500 record (6-6).
In a statement about the school’s decision Athletic director Bill Byrne announced:
“I appreciate coach Sherman’s selfless service to Texas A&M as our head football coach and his tireless efforts in building leaders of character … He is truly one of the great offensive minds in football, both collegiate and professional, and I know that he has much to offer the game of football in the future.”
Sherman has been with A&M for four seasons but has managed only a break even record of 25-25. With three years remaining on the coaches contract he will be paid nearly $5.8 million to walk away from the program. In the meantime a source at ESPN says the coach believes he is owed $8.8 million.
The coaches only winning season came in 2010 when A&M finished with a 9-4 record but lost in the Cotton Bowl.
Currently under consideration for the head coaching position are Houston’s Kevin Sumlin, Louisville’s Charlie Strong and Alabama’s Kirby Smart.
Showing support for the coach was former Texas A&M pass-rusher Von Miller who tweeted:
Current and former players expressed their thanks and support for Sherman via Twitter as they learned the news Thursday night.
“It’s unfortunate to see Coach Sherm go. He is like another father to me. He helped me become the person I am today. I will never forget, never.”
Given his poor performance in conference play I can’t say I’m surprised to see him go. Do you think Texas A&M made the right choice in firing Mike Sherman after a break even four seasons with the team?