Texas A&M Football: Is Jimbo Fisher the Worst Head Coaching Hire Ever?

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Nov 19, 2011; College Station, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies head coach Mike Sherman is interviewed after the game against the Kansas Jayhawks at Kyle Field. Texas A&M won 61-7. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-US Presswire /

Worst Texas A&M Football Coaching Hires: Wasted Potential

This one might be a controversial inclusion, as Sherman did some good things for the program. First of all, he could apparently identify offensive line talent with the best of them, as many of his recruits up front went on to NFL careers after their time with the Aggies concluded. It was under his watch, as well, that the table was set for a huge first year in the SEC for the Aggies.

At the same time, though, Sherman’s tenure was marked by failure. The 2011 season was one of the most frustrating in recent memory for the Aggies, as the team had no shortage of potential but featured in many spectacular second-half collapses. Texas A&M football ended that year 6-6 under Sherman, with DC Tim DeRuyter leading the Aggies to victory in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas over Northwestern after Sherman was, as the story goes, fired while standing in a recruit’s driveway. It was under Sherman’s watch that the Aggies lost the final game they would play against Texas while in the Big 12—a game that the Aggies should have won, without a doubt, now turned into a sore memory.

Sherman ended his Aggie HC career with a 25-25 record, though he only managed a 15-18 record in conference. Both coaches since his time have notched winning records both overall and in conference.