The Aggies, scheduled to join the Southeastern Conference next season, were ranked in the Top Ten prior to the season but stumbled to a 6-6 record.  The pattern in the losses was similar:  A&M had double digit leads in the second half of five of their six losses.

Sherman had three years left on his contract.  The buyout will be between 5.8 and 8.8 million dollars.

The move is seen partly because of Texas A&M's move:  It is believed the Aggies wanted a fresh start moving to a new conference.

Houston's Kevin Sumlin, Southern Mississippi Coach Larry Fedora, and Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart are believed to be high on Texas A&M's wish list.