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Stop me if you've heard this before: a fallen Big 12 power believes the key to righting itself is by hiring a fired NFL head coach with a college background.
That's about where the comparison between Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman and former Nebraska head coach Bill Callahan stops. There are more reasons to believe Sherman will be a good fit in College Station. Chief among them is that Sherman spent seven seasons coaching the Aggies' offensive line for R.C. Slocum (1989-93, 1995-96).
Sherman left behind a lot of believers in College Station, including Slocum, who has worked as a fundraiser since being fired after the 2002 season.
(Ask deposed coach Dennis Franchione about trying to coach while two former Aggies coaches lurked -- Gene Stallings is on the school's board of regents.)
As Franchione and Callahan both proved, how a coach fits within a university can be critical. Sherman passes that test. The speed with which Texas A&M athletic director Bill Byrne moved to hire Sherman indicates the conviction that he and the university administration held that Sherman is the right man for the job. They better feel good about it, not only because Texas A&M is stuck in the middle of the Big 12, but also because they will take some heat for blatantly ignoring minority candidates.
Sherman went 59-43 in six seasons as head coach of the Green Bay Packers, who fired him for not winning enough. There's a comparison he shares with Franchione, forced out after five seasons at Texas A&M for not winning enough (32-28).-- Ivan Maisel, ESPN.com
|Mike Sherman has been given the task of putting Texas A&M among the elite teams in the Big 12.|