The Texas Football Coaching Carousel

Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman marches on as gossip swirls about University of Texas’s Mack Brown’s departure and University of Houston’s Kevin Sumlin’s future. 
Mon December 5, 2011 8:50 pm
David J. Phillip | Associated Press

Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman marches on as gossip swirls about University of Texas’s Mack Brown’s departure and University of Houston’s Kevin Sumlin’s future. 

SHERMAN’S MARCH
Last week, as all but the most sports-oblivious already know, Texas A&M fired its head football coach Mike Sherman, who went 25–25 over four seasons, and 6–6 this year.

Sherman got the boot for several reasons: the Aggies didn’t live up to preseason expectations; they didn’t beat UT this year; and because, even at its triumphant moment of “ SECession,” its athletic department has something of a reality-show vibe. (See last week’s Jeff Toole message board incident. Or these August emails between Toole and athletic director Bill Byrne about the SEC move. Or Friday’s report from Brent Zwerneman of the San Antonio Express-News and the Houston Chronicle that Byrne was next.)

In any case, ESPN.com national college football columnist Ivan Maisel thinks that Sherman was robbed, suggesting that “the Aggies will take a real step backward,” heading into the SEC.

Maisel also observed that “the last three coaches have been fired for being mediocre while Mack Brown turned Texas into a national power. The Aggies are running to the SEC, where Brown, who’s fighting a little mediocrity of his own, doesn’t coach.” 

MACK’S DENIAL
Funny Maisel should mention Mack because somehow, in the lead-up to and aftermath of UT’s loss to Baylor Saturday, Mack Brown became the subject of the coaching rumor mill himself.

It started with a tweet from a Topeka, Kansas, radio host and was quickly denied everywhere from the Alcalde to Burnt Orange Nation, but it still had enough traction that Brown addressed it Saturday.

Brown said (as quoted on Dallasnews.com), “I promise you this, when I do retire, I promise you it won’t come from a twit or Twitter from Topeka, Kansas.” (Other writers, including Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman, chose to edit Brown’s longer “twit or twitter” construction to “(tweet),” which is considerably less fun.)

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