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Should Mike Sherman Be Fired?

I get it. I really do. Sherman has been an average coach in the Big 12, getting more out of his team with very little talent on defense. Dennis Franchione went through the same thing after building his team up, missed expectations for his guys' senior seasons and then got fired.

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Sherman is in the same boat, having thrown away a season where he started out ranked very highly and only won six games. But, were those expectations a bit high? With a quarterback who hadn't really played and a defense that graduated some key people?

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Fair or not, Sherman can't have a season like this in the SEC. Even Arkansas, as good as they have been, lost a couple of games and had a disappointing season. A two-loss disappointing season.

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Will Sherman do better when he's faced with a higher talent level? He's certainly recruiting better and better each season, but it's not good enough yet. This team cannot win six games in the SEC without improvement and the logical choice is to improve at head coach.

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Except that's not the best solution. Not unless there is an Urban Meyer sitting out there waiting to take the reins. Someone who's been tested in the SEC and knows how to recruit there. Gary Patterson is no better than Sherman and any offensive or defense coordinator doesn't have the experience yet to make A&M competitive.

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The Aggies ultimately decided to keep Sherman (apparently), but it's a tenuous relationship. He's got a probationary season next year in the SEC. Unless he wins one or two big games over there and finishes with at least seven wins, he's gone.

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