COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Texas A&M
University Athletic Director Bill Byrne confirmed Thursday evening that head
football coach Mike Sherman will not be retained for the 2012 football season.
Byrne released the following statement:
"Mike Sherman has operated our football program with the highest levels of character and integrity over the past four seasons and has served as a great ambassador for Texas A&M University. Mike has always put the welfare of the student-athlete and Texas A&M first.
"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.
"After discussions with our coaches, we will decide who will be the interim coach of the Aggies in our upcoming bowl game. We will meet with the team and assistant coaches as soon as possible, probably tomorrow."
Statement from Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin:
“Decisions of this nature are never easy, and I appreciate the patience of Aggies everywhere as we carefully evaluated the current state of our football program and the prospects for the future. I would like to thank Mike Sherman for personifying Texas A&M’s core values and instilling them within our student-athletes. Coach Sherman has created a solid foundation for Texas A&M to build upon in the future. For this, we are extremely appreciative, and wish him well in his next coaching assignment.”
Texas A&M Quarterback/Team Captain Ryan Tannehill:
"I consider myself fortunate to have had the opportunity to play for such a great coach and great man as Mike Sherman. As a coach and person, he reflected everything that's great about Texas A&M's traditions and values. He helped us become not only better football players but better men. I wish him and his family the very best as they move forward. He will be missed."
Texas A&M Defensive Back/Team Captain Trent Hunter:
"We looked up to him as a father figure. He's a guy that really taught us core values that I will take with me for the rest of my life. He is a man of integrity, character and honesty. There's not much more that you can ask for in a man than what Coach Sherman brings to the table. His door was always open to us and you could count on him being brutally honest with you no matter what. That's one of the things that I will always respect him for."
Texas A&M Junior Linebacker Sean Porter:
"Coach Sherman taught me a lot about playing football and being a football player. He was always about school-first. He'd much rather us graduate from Texas A&M than go to the NFL. He really wanted the best things for us, and for us to be well-off in the long run. Coach Sherman is a great man."