May 8, 2008
He inherits a program with a struggling recent history. Since winning back-to-back South Division titles in 1997-98 under Slocum and earning a three-way tie for the second place in 1999, the Aggies have finished no higher than third in the South since then. And since Sherman left A&M after the 1996 season, the Aggies have lost seven of their past eight bowl games.
ESPN ran an article about Texas A&M’s new Head Coach Mike Sherman last week that I found interesting and decided to share.
Sherman’s influence on the program has been quick and immediate. It marks a return to college for him after working in the NFL since his last stint at A&M as the offensive line coach on R.C. Slocum’s teams that dominated the Southwest Conference in the mid-1990s.
From there, he left to coach in the NFL, including a six-season stint as the Green Bay Packers coach before he was fired in 2005. Sherman then worked as the Houston Texans’ offensive line coach and most recently as their offensive coordinator before he was hired three days after Dennis Franchione resigned in November 2007.
I always enjoy little ‘status checks’ of how others do things…etc. Sherman has some relation to WolfpackNation as he lobbied behind the scenes for our head coaching job when Tom O’Brien was hired. It worked out perfectly for Sherman as he fits Texas A&M significantly more naturally than NC State.
In closing, the pictures at this link from the Wizard of Odds talk about Texas A&M working to get back to their traditional success.
June 18, 2008 Update
In addition to Sherman’s interest in NC State’s Head Coaching job a couple of years ago, I have always found myself slightly more interested in the Aggies’ athletics programs than that of the average non-ACC school. I’m sure part of this is due to the four years I spent living in Houston…
…but the bulk of my interest originates from the keen similarities between the land
This link will take you to a feature that Sunday Morning Quarterback is running on programs that made football coaching changes since last season. Their “Mandate for Change” series is really interesting