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Aggies give thumbs up to Sherman

Just 63 hours after Dennis Franchione stepped down, Texas A&M athletic director Bill Byrne gave a big thumbs-up to Mike Sherman, bringing the former Aggie assistant back into the fold as A&M’s new head football coach Monday.

“I feel like I’ve come home to a special place,” Sherman said. “You have no idea how much I look forward to this challenge.”

A&M gave Sherman a seven-year contract paying $1.8 million per year.

Byrne said that Sherman requested that he not be paid the $2 million-plus that Franchione was making. “He said, ‘I would rather take less and go out and hire the best coordinators and coaches,’ ” Byrne said.

The 52-year-old Sherman, a Massachusetts native and product of Central Connecticut State, is former head coach of the NFL’s Green Bay Packers (2000 to 2005). Most recently, he has served as offensive coordinator for the Houston Texans, a job that brought him back to the shadow of A&M. Sherman had spent two stints in Aggieland as the Aggies’ offensive line coach from 1989-93 and 1995-96.

“I believe in everything about this university, from the ‘Hullabaloo caneck, caneck’ to Muster,” Sherman said.

He compared the fans at Texas A&M to those at Green Bay. “You want the Aggies to be happy, just as in Green Bay you wanted to make the Cheeseheads happy,” Sherman said.

He called Texas A&M a “sleeping giant.”

“We have only an expectation of winning the national championship,” Sherman said. “Bill has expressed to me that is one of his dreams and it’s one of mine.”

Sherman said he will fulfill his contractual obligations to the Texans and will finish the season with the NFL team. But he said he would also begin his work at Texas A&M, saying he planned to start calling recruits after Monday’s press conference.

He said he has not contacted or hired anyone yet for his staff, given how quickly he was hired at A&M.

Gary Darnell, the defensive coordinator under Franchione, will serve as interim coach for the Aggies’ bowl game.

Sherman said he was contacted after Friday’s A&M victory over Texas and got the word that he had the job after the Texans’ loss at Cleveland on Sunday.

Byrne was asked about his vow Friday night to conduct a “national search” — a search that ended less than three days later with a coach working nearby in Houston. Byrne answered that he keeps up with coaches nationwide, continually updating a mental list of people he might like to hire. He said former Aggie players and others had called to recommend Sherman.

Byrne said that Sherman was the only coach to be interviewed for the job, although he had evaluated other coaches “in case Mike and I didn’t get along. … Mike was our top choice.”

And Sherman joked that, technically, the search did go beyond the state’s borders, saying, “I was in Cleveland yesterday.”

Sherman declined to offer specifics on what type of schemes he will run at A&M, saying those decisions would be based on the strengths of the players.

“I want to be aggressive on both sides of the ball. Let me leave it at that,” Sherman said, adding, “We will have an offense and a defense.”

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By james

November 26, 2007 11:21 AM | Link to this

great selection! It would’ve been even better if, maybe, UT could have dumped Mac for Mike.

By Phil

November 26, 2007 11:22 AM | Link to this

Good News!!! Good News!!! A sign of more good things to come for a team that has the talent and potential to be BCS-bound next year.

GIG ‘EM!!!

By Phil

November 26, 2007 11:25 AM | Link to this

True James…Mac would have been good…and Stoops even better…but Mac is too high-paid and UT and OU would not dream of letting them go

Better that we have a returning Aggie anyway.

By Steve

November 26, 2007 11:31 AM | Link to this

Coach Fran was his own worst enemy. Let’s hope Coack Mike does not turn into a cautious introvert. His record suggest he won’t, and that offensive attitude (on the field) will take the Aggies to the top of the BCS.

Gig ‘em!

By JJ

November 26, 2007 11:32 AM | Link to this

James, the problem is that UT should cut it’s losses now, and not wait, but they are the type that will stick to Mack no matter what.. any other College team would have booted him.. after all, look at the inconsistency he has had the last two years..!!! Lost two great years..and the only thing is I feel for the Sr’s and other team members that thought they had a winning team.. at lease in their sense of winning.. apparently a 8-3 season is good @ UT. while a 5-5 season is Great at A & M!!! A & M should have gotten rid of coach F two years ago.. they would have had a better season(s)..! Best of luck to both.. I feel the Aggies had a much better team than their record Reflects..but then, they played like their coach.. hot and cold..!!! Good luck in the bowl game!!

By Joe Willy

November 26, 2007 11:45 AM | Link to this

If the Aggies even had only one ounce of talent, Bill Byrne owed it to the players to talk to more than one candidate. I fear the Aggies will contiune to be mired in the abyss for another four or five years. The Texans are not a powerhouse. The Texans are glad he is leaving…saves them contract money.

Texas A & M deserves better than Bill Byrne it appears. Good luck to Mike Sherman…I hope he has got it and can perform.

By Kelly

November 26, 2007 11:49 AM | Link to this

It’s not Mack, it’s his incompetent staff. Sure, it’s his “fault” for not letting go incompetent people. Then again, he doesn’t have the final say anyway, DeLoss Doss should make some decisions too.

I wouldn’t give Mack up for the world…unless other “Top 10 Coaches” are available up for grabs. Even then I’d have to think long and hard about Mack leaving.

Davis, Akina, and Mac Duff are more than welcome to leave - I wouldn’t even say “goodbye” or “good luck to ya,” but I would pay for their earliest flights out of Austin.

By AgHead

November 26, 2007 11:59 AM | Link to this

I was hoping it would be Bob Davies. Both he and Sherman are rusty at recruiting but I thought Davies would be a better fit at the college level. Sherman should be a good choice though and I wish the Ags the best of luck.

Gig ‘em.

By Ag-'92

November 26, 2007 12:07 PM | Link to this

How about Davies as defensive coordinator and Kevin Sumlin as offensive coordinator? In my opinion, coordinators have a HUGE impact. Slocum was never given the money to keep his top notch guys. It appears Sherman is taking less pay to bring in top assistant coaches. Great first move!

By Jonathan

November 26, 2007 12:07 PM | Link to this

Solid hire, especially with some top coordinators and assistant coaches.

Byrne’s other hires have been hits - Gillispie, Childress, Turgeon, Henry, etc. - and with the exception of Henry, were questioned by fans at their hiring.

Here’s to another Byrne hire.

By Duane

November 26, 2007 12:09 PM | Link to this

Hey Byrne! I thought you said a “Nationwide Search”? Is your “Nation” Houston? You lied to us! You never took credit for the lies to hire Fran but your lying to us on Sherman? Is this what you tell the recruits? How can anyone believe anything we say anymore? Is Texas A&M that bad of place and the former students that bad that you lie to everyone? You had Sherman picked out how long ago? You could have announced this as soon a Fran “resigned”! You sir are a liar and a cheat to the Aggie Nation! If you had an ounce of dignity you would resign right NOW!

By Bob

November 26, 2007 12:09 PM | Link to this

Time will tell with Sherman as with all others who preceeded him. I can only hope he is as good as they think he is. As far as assistants there were comments about Major Applewhite being a canidate for the position of head coach but I wonder if he wouldn’t be the answer to an offensive coach who will capitalize on the talent in College Station. If Sherman says he wants to be paid less to pay his assistants more he is already on the right track. A lot of CEO’s in America should take a lesson from that statement. Gig’em

By Pokes

November 26, 2007 12:15 PM | Link to this

Great hire…this will be exciting to watch

By Will

November 26, 2007 12:22 PM | Link to this

Mr. Ag’92, He’s taking less pay because that’s why Byrne hired him. Trust me. There is a reason this thing went down so fast. Don’t kid yourself into think this is some kind of noble gesture working here. I would sure like to know what Frans buyout was. Bet ya it was more that $2-3 mil!

By Dwayne

November 26, 2007 12:28 PM | Link to this

Hiring a coach is a crapshoot no matter who you hire, but Byrne’s track record of hiring head coaches is as good or better than anyone in the business! Oh, and to Duane, isn’t it a little early in the day to start drinking?

By Skip Johnson

November 26, 2007 12:28 PM | Link to this

Mike Sherman is my first choice. Hope he hires the best offensive and defensive coordinators. We have always been a grave yard for quarterbacks. A pro offense and a pro defense sounds good to me.

Skip Johnson

By Matt

November 26, 2007 12:31 PM | Link to this

Even though he has been at A&M before, I am thrilled that the Ags went with someone from up North as opposed to some redneck native Texan. Gotta bring some northern intelligence and intensity to George Bush-ville

By Dave

November 26, 2007 12:32 PM | Link to this

Duane, needs to take a chill pill!

By scott

November 26, 2007 12:34 PM | Link to this

I think it’s going to be a good hire. You can’t agrue with his resume. I was hoping for the next young gun, but this will probably be good. I hope and expect that he’ll bring in good assistants. Start with Johnny Holland, A & M player, played at Green Bay and has coached with Mike Sherman. He’d be able to start getting that old Wrecking Crew going again as Mike gets the offense cranked up.

By Duane

November 26, 2007 12:37 PM | Link to this

Dwayne, Your the one drinking, Kool-Aide! Are you an Aggie? Did you go there? You don’t feel we were lied too? You’ll be the first one wanting to fire Sherman! You need to wake up as to why this happened! Take off your 38-30 glasses and look long term! It’s a crapshoot if you hire in 62 hours and I’ll bet Sherman was hired before we beat tu! Wake up!

By Rusty

November 26, 2007 12:43 PM | Link to this

Good Point Will!

I wonder what we did pay. That seems to have gotten lost in this. Maybe that WAS the reason for hiring Sherman. This had go down before 11:00 today and there has to be a reason Byrne didn’t talk to ANYONE!

By Steve ,65

November 26, 2007 12:47 PM | Link to this

JJ, the Aggies were 7-5 this year. And that kind of recored is unacceptable in College Station, as well as Austin.

By agalumn

November 26, 2007 12:50 PM | Link to this

I don’t remember A&M having that great of an offensive line during those years. And I don’t remember Green Bay having as much success as they are now without Sherman, and I like the Texans but their offense doesn’t impress me. If you are conducting a nation wide-search, especially after the fiasco of firing Slocum and hiring Fran that was created by the Aggie alumni pressure, then it would make sense to hire a proven successful college coach. But then I’m just an Aggie.

By Gerald

November 26, 2007 1:02 PM | Link to this

It will take time to tell. I worry about the number of L’s in his head coaching record, and like agalum, haven’t been all that impressed with the Texans’ offense. I also am concerned with the quick hire, but Byrne probably has been working on this for some time. We have no choice but to support him fully and see what happens.

By CC

November 26, 2007 1:05 PM | Link to this

All right, fourth grade — time to take your seats now. You can run laps at recess.

By Kevin '89

November 26, 2007 1:10 PM | Link to this

agalumn likely is’nt…its Former Student you t-sip troll. If you dont remember the O-Lines from Sherman’s previous tours in Aggieland it’s only from crying in your beer as they ripped thru the SWC (and your favorite team, Balyor maybe?)

This is a great hire! Just what we needed at the right time. For a guy who is not an Aggie or a Texan…Byrne really does get IT.

By Trace

November 26, 2007 1:11 PM | Link to this

Don’t kid yourself. Byrne was looking for candidates long before Friday night. He couldn’t admit that in front of the media, though, which is why he said they only interviewed Sherman. Maybe Sherman was the only “official” interview, but that’s as far as it goes.

How else would any of this make sense? It’s all about spin, people.

Regardless, here’s hoping Sherm is the guy. I’m not convinced, but you never know.

By Kevin '89

November 26, 2007 1:11 PM | Link to this

agalumn likely is’nt…its Former Student you t-sip troll. If you dont remember the O-Lines from Sherman’s previous tours in Aggieland it’s only from crying in your beer as they ripped thru the SWC (and your favorite team, Balyor maybe?)

This is a great hire! Just what we needed at the right time. For a guy who is not an Aggie or a Texan…Byrne really does get IT.

By JU

November 26, 2007 1:12 PM | Link to this

This is not a good hire for A&M. I think they would have been better served hiring a young coach from the college ranks rather than pulling down a retread from the NFL. Sherman is neither a offensive or defensive genius. I don’t see much of a change in Aggieland. Just hope that we don’t have to wait 5 years to hire another coach. Fran should have been gone in 3 and Sherman won’t be there much longer. It’s a slap in all Aggies faces that a comprehensive search wasn’t undertaken. Whatever happened to putting together a search committee to find the best candidate? Guess this is what happens when one man has to much power.

Gig’em

By Duane

November 26, 2007 1:13 PM | Link to this

Gerald, If you think he’s been working on this for a long time don’t you wonder why he said he would conduct a Nationwide search? Who was he taking to except Aggies? Why do we just fall in line and not ask any questions?

By Matt B

November 26, 2007 1:20 PM | Link to this

I read on one of the articles on Texags that Fran’s buyout was around $800,000. Big discount!

By Jordan

November 26, 2007 1:22 PM | Link to this

This was a pretty good move by A&M. Time will tell if they will break out of their status as a medicore program that they’ve had in the past 6 seasons.

By Matt B

November 26, 2007 1:25 PM | Link to this

I agree that we are a sleeping giant! I just hope he is the guy to wake us up!!!!

By agalumn

November 26, 2007 1:30 PM | Link to this

Sorry Kevin’89, class of ‘80 here and yes it is former instead of ex, but still Aggie alumni. Or at least it says so on my former students info I get in the mail. And BTW I grew up there and Dad is an alumn and also many others in the family, who still live in BCS. I’ve been an Aggie longer than you have lived, and yes we did okay and even won the conference. But we did not have a good record against ranked teams, especially in the bowl games. And I still like Slocum, and when he was fired I think he had the program headed up. He had changed offensive coordinators in mid-season, which had made a big difference.

By GR

November 26, 2007 1:31 PM | Link to this

I don’t see this as a winning situation for A&M, but what else could they do? They have fired every coach since Bear Bryant and they tried their best to not pay Fran his remaining contract. Any young coach that would like to spend the rest of his career as a head coach wouldn’t touch this job with a ten foot pole. Sherman is in his 50’s with a 7 yr contract. If it doesn’t work out… no big deal, he’ll just retire. I think this will be Calahan part II.

By GL

November 26, 2007 1:34 PM | Link to this

Sherman is a safe hire. I’m more concerned about a 7 year contract. Would have been more interested in a glamour hire — as in the younger coaches at Boise State or Cincinnatti. Sherman may bring credibility to the table with recruits as he was fairly successful with the Packers until injuries took over. He was also GM with GB. Seems to have a good background. Now if he doesn’t go conservative. Hopefully, he will hire quality assistants.

By dave

November 26, 2007 1:36 PM | Link to this

Matt, go back to detroit

By grekin

November 26, 2007 1:39 PM | Link to this

By Matt

November 26, 2007 12:31 PM | Link to this

You are ignorant! The Bushes are not rednecks, they are from the Northeast! So much for “northern intelligence”.

By Allen

November 26, 2007 1:57 PM | Link to this

When I first saw a picture of Sherman I saw Bill Callahan all over again. Then I remembered where I had seen his face before. It was how he chased down Warren Sapp (correct me if I am wrong) while at Green Bay because he thought Warren took a cheap shot on one of his players. atm I hope this really works out for you, if so, then maybe Texas can finally show some heart to play ya’ll.

Hook’em

By AggieCoach.com

November 26, 2007 2:04 PM | Link to this

National Signing Day is February 6, 2008. Sherman will be expected to deliver a Top 5 recruiting class given the fact our class is already ranking as the 11th in the country per Rivals.com. This will be the first test to see if Byrne hired a “big name” or “the right guy”.

By Bran

November 26, 2007 2:04 PM | Link to this

If AGGIE former students, friends, and fans want the AGGIE TEAM to do well in the future, they need to start by supporting the NEW coaching staff, Bill Byrne, and the Aggie team. Bill Bryne has done wonders with the athletic program at A&M - look at all the sports we were successful in last year - soccer, swimming and diving, track & field, basketball, tennis, baseball!! We are even Big 12 Champs in some of these! Granted, Texas is a football state, but OUR TIME IS COMING!!! So let’s SUPPORT the new coach! We will never be able to recruit good players if we don’t stop complaining and start supporting!!

By Duane

November 26, 2007 2:19 PM | Link to this

It must be Austin. You guys are like a bunch of zombies following whatever your told. Everything is just so good and right with whatever Texas A & M does! I guess the last 5 years hasn’t done anything to you huh? I’m sick of it but I guess as long as we beat tu 2 outta 10 times all is right in College Station. Here we go again. All of ya’ll will be talking about this Nationwide search and 48 hour hire soon enough but just beat tu and we will all be happy little Aggies who don’t question a thing. 5 years ago we hired a guy at midnight from Alabama and he lied to his players. Now we hired a guy and our AD tells us he’s on a Nationwide search and he had already hired the guy….and ya’ll think it’s just great.

By Rusty

November 26, 2007 2:25 PM | Link to this

Here are my questions…. When was Sherman OFFERED the job?

What was Frans buyout?

How many interviews were done?

When was the decision made to hire Sherman?

Seems like some simple questions that Mr. Byrne could answer for the faithful Aggies. Does anyone think that is unreasonable? Of course we would want the truth this time.

By GL

November 26, 2007 2:27 PM | Link to this

Didn’t y’all listen to Byrne’s press conference? Evidently, he does a nationwide search for a new coach in every sport for 365 days a year. He watches and talks with people nationwide all the time. He keeps a list of names in his drawer — when the time comes, he opens the envelope — probably hermetically sealed — and the winner is! Seriously, that is probably one of the better ways to search if true — it takes the rush out of things.

By Tex Ag 93

November 26, 2007 2:35 PM | Link to this

Where I don’t know if we will contend for the South next year, we won’t be as far behind as when Fran arrived (definitely more talent already on campus). However, we are loosing a ton of starters (4 offensive line, fullback, wr, 3 defensive line, 2 LB’s, 2-3 DB’s). That doesn’t take into account if Bennett bolts. So, next year could be a step back, although a ton of 2nd teamers played a lot of minutes this year. I think the losses on the 2 lines will be the biggest hits.

What a lot of the naysayers are forgetting is that if you look at the teams Sherman was a part of when he was on campus before, they had great lines on both sides of the ball. We put a lot of linemen in the NFL during that time period that he coached. That will help with recruiting big time. That is something he can lean on in that he has experience getting those players to the NFL and knows what the NFL is looking for today from experience

For those that say he can’t recruit, he was a part of all those Top 20 classes that came in during that the late 80’s to mid-90’s (which there were many). In college, every coach has recruiting duties, not just the head coach. The head coach is the one you wait to bring in for the close on the BIG recruits. His first couple of years he will be able to use his NFL knowledge/experience to close those. He then has to do something with it to keep it relevant. That is where Callahan failed.

The other thing he knows is you can’t win without a great defense. I don’t care if you can put up 50 points a game, if you are constantly giving up 40-50. At some point, you won’t put up 50 and then you are in trouble. Tech is a prime example (don’t yell raider fans, because even you will agree). You don’t get ahead of the horns or sooners that way. I think he will bring in a great DC (not for sure who), but one that will restore the Wrecking Crew to the level it should be.

Overall, I think it was a great hire. For those that wanted a great defensive mind, remember, Jackie was offensive minded, yet he had a d-coordinator that created the identity for his teams.

By Duane

November 26, 2007 2:36 PM | Link to this

GL, That’s a good way to search? Oh and Sherman had 10 other universities after him and we had to move fast! It couldn’t wait 1-2 weeks to actually TALK to other prospects? The Texans aren’t going to the playoffs. Why not wait until their season is over? Don’t tell me recruiting. The ones coming here are coming here after what went on here all year! You believe that crock.. “I keep a list in my drawer”? Whew, we beat Michigan and LSU and Nebraska to Sherman huh? Who’s gonna start up the FireSherman.com site?

By Derek

November 26, 2007 2:37 PM | Link to this

What happened to Steve Spurrier, Chris Peterson (Boise State), Jeff Tedford (Cal)…did Byrne not even talk to these guys?

By Will

November 26, 2007 2:44 PM | Link to this

TexAg 93,

Now where have I heard that? Oh yea, Notre Dame and Nebraska. Oh, and Pete is getting read to be stripped of his title and wins and Rwggie’s Heisman so don’t go there either!

Just another Aggie knee jerk reaction to beating tu.

By Will

November 26, 2007 2:47 PM | Link to this

Opps…..I meant Reggie’s

By Fritz

November 26, 2007 2:47 PM | Link to this

Duane, baby, you’re confused. The Aggies have beaten tu 2 out of the last 2!

Fran did NOT lie to his Alabama players. If you think he did, give us the details. Btw, I live in Alabama, and I know what happened. You’ve just “heard about it.” Fran was hired on a Thursday afternoon, too.

Mike Sherman is an excellent choice. He understands Aggieland. Getting your nose out of joint because BB didn’t directly interview a whol bunch of coaches is puerile.

Sherman’s first move should be to hire two outstanding coordinators — quickly. Sumlin and Davie (without an ‘s’) would be my top candidates. His second will be to hang onto the outstanding commiitments he has inherited from Fran (see first move above.) His third will be to convince Martellus Bennett to stay for his senior year.

By Duane

November 26, 2007 2:54 PM | Link to this

Typical short sightedness that got us Frannie, Fritz. Oh, Fritz, I believe he told them (players)to hang in there through the probation period and “we” will come out of it. Then he got on the “jet” and the rest is our history. Remember Fritz? I think you need a history lesson because you only have a 2 year memory! Oh, I don’t expect you to say you were wrong. Your probably use to it!

By Tex Ag 93

November 26, 2007 2:55 PM | Link to this

Will,

The big difference is I don’t remember hearing about their college experience when they were hired. That is my point. Sherman has solid experience where he has proven results. He gets to couple that with his NFL experience now. None of us know if this will be a great hire for 3-5 years.

Were other schools lining up to hire him. Haven’t heard about them. However, everything I have heard from media sources is this is the one college job he wanted. That makes a big difference. Fran, Weis, Callahan, Carroll wanted the big paycheck. Carroll has paid off. Fran, Weis, & Callahan, well, even you know that story.

By Bran

November 26, 2007 2:56 PM | Link to this

I don’t understand why people are complaining! We don’t know WHAT Bill Byrne did behind closed doors. We don’t know who he’s been talking to since all the email scandal with Fran came to be. Fran has been gone for a LONG time… not just since Friday. And everyone, including Fran, knows this!

I think Sherman is a good choice… if you people had listened to the press conference, you would have heard a man with a sense of humor, intelligence and modesty. He is an Aggie through and through. He even called his return to Aggieland a homecoming! I think he’s going to do all the things Fritz has suggested and then some! He was there when our defense was worthy to be called the “WRECKING CREW” and I can tell already that he will do everything in his power to bring that back.

But of course, I guess you can’t always make everyone happy… there are and always will be naysayers that are NEVER satisfied - even if we do eventually win the Big 12 and/or a National Championship - they will ALWAYS find something to complain about.

By GL

November 26, 2007 2:57 PM | Link to this

Actually, Duane, we don’t know whom he talked to and when — Byrne seems to keep everything close to the vest — From what Byrne has said, he talks to a lot of coaches with the thoughts in the back of his mind, that he may hire them in the future. I would have liked a more glamorous hire — but Byrne is the AD. As Byrne says, he conducts a search throughout the year, we just don’t know with whom he’s talked. And he is not telling — not my style, but then, I’m not the AD.

By Duane

November 26, 2007 3:01 PM | Link to this

Oh Fritz, To say you live in Alabama isn’t a GOOD thing in a discussion. You might want to keep that to yourself next time.

By craig hardy

November 26, 2007 3:05 PM | Link to this

Sherman is a good choice. He will bring a more aggressive, “pro-like” approach to the Aggies. We better learn to play 4 quarters and beat A&M regularly or the alumni will soon have Mack’s name on the rumor block.

By Duane

November 26, 2007 3:10 PM | Link to this

GL, I can’t really believe I have to tell you how stupid the BB interview process sounds. My guess on interviews conducted over Saturday and Sunday…..0! It doesn’t sound stupid to you? That sounds like a great way to hire people? Now this is just a guess but…..your not in charge of HR I’ll bet? Just a guess. I’m sure your not the boss! That’s not a guess.

By James

November 26, 2007 3:12 PM | Link to this

Hey Fritz,

I don’t have a dog in this hunt. (Longhorn fan-LSU grad)

Fran DID lie to his players. When the NCAA sanctions hit Bama, Fran told his players that they should not transfer, that he was staying and going to see it through. Then a short time later he took the A&M job and told the players he was history via a conference call.

Good luck with your new coach. I hope he is as good as you guys think. We need every Texas team to be outstanding.

BTW R.C. Slocum is a class act. Remember how, AFTER he was forced out, he went to his incoming recruits to get them to go to TAMU anyway?

That should be the standard everywhere.

By Gl

November 26, 2007 3:25 PM | Link to this

Hey, Duane. Read my Lips — It’s not the way I would have done it. And yes, I am the boss. A&M hired Byrne. They evidently have confidence in him. They can also fire him. The point is - We don’t know the Byrne Interview Process — I’ve been around enough to know that everyone has their own style of doing things and their own methodology. The question is — Has Byrne done his job well? Has he made good hires in the past? If so, then Aggie Faithful can look forward with some confidence. If not, then A&M can fire Byrne with their coach in a few years. lol.

By Keith Hampton

November 26, 2007 3:50 PM | Link to this

I think everyone replying here is just a little worked up. Give it[Sherman] time…

Go Ags! BTHO of everybody! Which won’t be long!

By HalfAggie

November 26, 2007 3:52 PM | Link to this

One, I’m glad the Fran problem is behind us. Maybe soon we can stop talking about him and every facet of his personal failings. Two, Sherman may or may not be the best coach for the job, only time wil tell. Past experience is not a future indicator of performance, regardless of who you’re speaking of. Three, it bother’s me that Byrne said at the news conference that “Sherman was the only coach interviewed and that he was recommended by several fromer players and alums”. Who’s the AD here, Bryne or the alumni? With several top notch college coaches out there, several of whom would have jumped at the chance of being head coach at A&M, why not test the waters? Doesn’t make sense to me and I’m not comfortable with the way Sherman was hired. But like the rest of us here, I’m just an observer. I will wish him all the luck in the world. Hopefully Byrne made a great decision!

By Duane

November 26, 2007 4:07 PM | Link to this

GL, We do know his process by his words. He didn’t say I have a coach. He said he is conducting a Nationwide Search. Please understand my frustration with those comments and what happened. He was lying when he said he was doing a Nationwide Search. He didn’t say he “had” conducted one. You know this. I just went through 5 years of a coach that started out with lies. Now, here we go again. BB lied about his search. GL, don’t try to spin it because you can’t! Something just doesn’t work when you start out this way.

By Bill Ray

November 26, 2007 4:27 PM | Link to this

IMO Byrne has a decent, if not outstanding, record relative to hiring coaches. His methods may be different than yours. Obviously we don’t all agree.

I for one am going to support Coach Mike and am willing to give him some time to produce, at the very minimum, a competitive football team. His “hires” are what is going to winners.

By scott

November 26, 2007 4:33 PM | Link to this

Like $Bill or not, I don’t think he’s stupid. I think this thing was set up long before Friday. He didn’t just say about 8pm last Friday “Oh my I need to hire a coach since Fran just resigned”. I believe he did search more than just Mike Sherman. Here’s how I believe it works, $Bills people, the consulting firm, talks to the coaches people,agents, to gauge their interest and to work out deals. That search was probably going on since September with a number of candidates. $Bill and the coach in question don’t speak, they don’t need to early on and $Bill and the coach can say to the media we haven’t spoken to anyone, they haven’t their people have. Then when the time comes and the deal is worked out, like today $Bill can make his announcement.

By Mike Sherman

November 26, 2007 4:34 PM | Link to this

OK, everyone……your expectations and how long? TRY to be realistic…please!

Oh, and no National Championship talk yet…..GEEEEEEEZ!

By Bronco

November 26, 2007 4:39 PM | Link to this

Duane, lighten up. BTW, does your mommy know you’ve been playing on the computer all afternoon?

By Duane

November 26, 2007 4:39 PM | Link to this

Makes sense scott. It’s all based on lies. I just wonder what’s wrong with interviewing guys after the season and letting everyone know. What’s the big secret? Really, the only ones that don’t know anything are the ticket buying public if this is the way they all do it. Whay should they know. They just pay the bills!

By GL

November 26, 2007 4:41 PM | Link to this

Duane — no spin here - I didn’t get to listen to all of Byrne’s press conference — or was busy for parts of it — yes, it would have been best to interview several candidates extensively for the job — the guy at Boise State was interesting — young and imaginative — I’ve come to accept this “stuff” from A&M - an odd way to hire? No doubt! It’s the safe hire, I think. I’m not exactly enthusiastic about it. I like to think outside the box and this hire has “canned” all over it. But then, Byrne has been an AD a long time — so I’ll accept the hire and move on (and like any Aggie — wish for the best!).

By Duane

November 26, 2007 4:44 PM | Link to this

Oh Bronco,(cute name, like Bronco Billy)

I’m the boss so I get to be on here all I want. BTW…Does your mommie know you play with the computer without your pants on using one hand?

By Duane

November 26, 2007 4:48 PM | Link to this

OK GL, Point taken. I would just like to see a whole lot more honesty than we have seen for years out of Aggieland but maybe those days are over. Too bad we didn’t make that a tradition!

By Bronco

November 26, 2007 4:55 PM | Link to this

Duane, I can’t believe that you just made fun of someone else’s name. No way I can keep up with your quick whit, either … no pants, one hand, that’s a good one. No wonder you’re the boss.

By Horn Fan

November 26, 2007 4:58 PM | Link to this

If a&m was following the affirmative action guidelines, then the position would have been advertised, applicants with the required qualifications would have applied, interviews would have been conducted, and then the most qualified individual would have been offered the job. Quite interesting how all of this nationwide search was done in only 68 hours! Good luck to the school and the new coach. And so what if eATMe has beaten us two years in a row. Big flippin deal! Hook ‘Em Horns!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By Duane

November 26, 2007 4:59 PM | Link to this

Yea, I guess Duane is a funny name. I can blame it on my Mom and Dad. I think they named me after Duane Allman. I think he was a guitar player or something.

What farm animal do you blame Bronco on…mom or dad?

By David

November 26, 2007 5:36 PM | Link to this

Why does everyone think Bill needed to interview a bunch of candidates. All hires are based almost soley on body of work and recommendations. The interview is mainly a formality, be it an important one where you can determine if the candidate will fit in with your organization. Interviews are important if there are several strong applicants and you need to clarify things. Mike is probably the strongest of all the viable candidates and if he nailed the interview then there is no need to go further. Period. End of story.

By Duane

November 26, 2007 6:09 PM | Link to this

Good point David but I’ll bet it had a lot to do with the buyout amount and the $1.8 mil. Ya think? I just wonder why we are wondering why? Don’t we have a right to know? It’s a public institution. He’s spending our money. Why all the secrets surrounding this? Why does anyone interview then? Is there no purpose to it? Kubiak didn’t nail his first interviews and he learned he wasn’t prepared. OK, This has everything to do with money and that’s about it. It is a safe move. They stuck their necks out with Fran and now they are gun shy. Yea, BB didn’t hire him but he caught the heat! Don’t be surprised when we go though this again is 4 - 5 years. Ya can’t fire him until his first recruiting class goes through and this one is still Frans. Me, I’m just sick of putting up with it but I have no choice. I’ve sure been made aware of that. I can’t even trust what I’ve been told!

By Rusty

November 26, 2007 6:15 PM | Link to this

If you only talk to one guy I guess he did nail the interview. That’s kind of a “DUH” thing isn’t it? Good thing he didn’t talk to 2 guys and they both nail it! I guess that’s why he stopped at one.

By okie7

November 26, 2007 6:45 PM | Link to this

Duane, give it rest….Don’t confirm your intelligence by continuing to write comments…

By okie7

November 26, 2007 6:49 PM | Link to this

If you know who you want, go get him…..The AD’s job is to hire and fire and not to justify it to anyone…He is accountable for the people he hires…

By Duane

November 26, 2007 7:01 PM | Link to this

Sorry okie7, Did I offend your mother/cousin/wife/sister again?

Tell her I’m sorry and give her a big ol hickey! She has been brushing that tooth hasn’t she?

By Darryl

November 26, 2007 7:27 PM | Link to this

I think we need to wait and see. I think Sherman said something in his first news conference that fran never said and that was Texas High School coaches. That is where it starts. Sherman first job is recruiting and winning back the high school coaches in texas.

By anguis in herba

November 26, 2007 8:03 PM | Link to this

Solid choice.Mack Brown better look up the term smash-mouth because the Big 12 just got tougher.The problem with Mack’s teams is that nobody fears them,oh they might run the score up on a few teams but they won’t beat ‘em up in the process much like Tech.Both teams want to run around and away from you which is fine until someone shows up and hits ‘em in the mouth,then they’re dead in the water.Mack concedes the Big 12 championship every year to Oklahoma preferring the side door to the bowl picture.If Mack doesn’t start producing a tougher product Mr. Stoops and Mr. Sherman are gonna be locking Mr. Brown out.

By Bob

November 26, 2007 8:04 PM | Link to this

Yea, but if Sherman watched TV for the last 10 years he’s seen Mack do it a million times. No brainer!

By Jeff

November 26, 2007 8:12 PM | Link to this

WOW! I love the hire! aggys hire a washed up NFL coach after everyone else is hands off watching ND and Nebraska. I was all bummed out after the game and then Fran got fired. I thought it was going be a rough couple of weeks hear about Tubs and the ‘Ol Ball Coach. $4-5 million being thrown around. Lo and Behold….within 72 hours I’m smiling again! I can’t freakin believe it! THANKS BILLY BOY! THIS IS JUST 2 SWEET! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!! I’ll take 1 out of 3 if the 1 is like this! SON!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By John

November 27, 2007 12:35 AM | Link to this

Hey Jeff, check out Sherman’s NFL record. 3 division titles in a row this decade.

Hardly “washed up”.

By SA Ag

November 27, 2007 12:40 AM | Link to this

Duane is an example of why I can’t stand going on websites like this comments page, TexAgs and other message boards…he reduces the intellectual content of the comments to such a level as to make them virtually unreadable…intentionally. If he is truly anyone’s boss, I am deeply sorry for those people, but most likely he is 16

By Jeff

November 27, 2007 7:59 AM | Link to this

Then why is he in cs now? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

By Mike B.

November 27, 2007 11:19 AM | Link to this

Hey Jeff…we don’t need a good coach to beat the t-sips. 12-7, 38-30 HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

By Bran

November 27, 2007 11:29 AM | Link to this

HAHAHA!!! I love it, Mike B! WHOOP!

Welcome to Aggieland, Mike Sherman. :)

By Jeff

November 27, 2007 11:53 AM | Link to this

I can already hear ya..”Where’s Fran when we need him?” HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!

By Laugh

November 27, 2007 12:59 PM | Link to this

Jeff, unfortunately for you, you lost this year. We’ll know next year at this time if you should be thanking us for hiring Sherman, but until then….scoreboard. I am less than enthusiastic about the hire, but I think Byrne has a proven record of hiring coaches that produce results, and immediately. So until proven otherwise, in Bill I trust.

By Jeff

November 27, 2007 9:52 PM | Link to this

Don’t get me wrong! I LOVE Bill Byrne! I know we lost this year. We lost last year too! I remember 12-7 and 38-30. I LOVE IT! I am VERY VERY HAPPY! Really, for some reason I feel GREAT! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! I really mean it! Whoop! Gig ‘Em! All that stuff you guys do! Nut crunch! I LOVE IT! I’m gonna love this for the NEXT 5 YEARS! I couldN’T have made a better choice. Really, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! MERRY CHRISTMAS!

By Jeff

November 27, 2007 10:03 PM | Link to this

I was all bummed out Friday. Yelling at my TV “Play some freakin D you guys” Going outside and saying to myself “why do we play so far off the receivers?” Then I was still bummed out Saturday. Didn’t even want to read the sports page. Now it’s Sunday and I’m over it a little but I ready to fIre some defensive coaches and special teams coaches. But Monday, I think it was about 9:00 in the morning I heard that the aggys hired Mike Sherman! I couldn’t believe it! I was SO HAPPY! I thought I was dreamin! I was ready for all the Big Names interviewing at cs. But no….it’s Mike Sherman! BILLY BOY PULLED THE TRIGGER IN LESS THAN 3 DAYS! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! MERRY CHRISTMAS! HAPPY NEW YEAR! I CAN’T WAIT TILL SEPTEMBER NOW!

By mrs sherman

November 28, 2007 8:11 AM | Link to this

Barry Switzer said the following-Fox Sports (11/25/07)—TAMU has never had a recognized ‘winning football coach’ in its history. Bear Bryant left TAMU when he couldn’t consistently win at TAMU. TAMU is a type of cess pool for football success. Its off-road & drab rural location (i.e. goat farm) hurts TAMU, no question. Billy Gillispie couldn’t stand living there (regardless of $$ incentives).

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