Report: Texas A&M to fire Sherman

Texas A&M will dismiss Mike Sherman as its head coach either late Thursday evening or early Friday morning, according to the American-Statesman's Kirk Bohls, who cited a prominent A&M alum with strong ties to the athletic department.

Sherman finished up his fourth year in College Station with a 27-25 loss to rival Texas on Thanksgiving night. He went 25-25 during his tenure with just a 15-18 mark in the Big 12. The Aggies entered 2011 with high expectations but struggled to maintain second-half leads all season.

The former Green Bay Packers head coach would be owed $3 to $5 million if the school buys out the remaining four years of his contract, according to Bohls. He currently makes $2.2 million a year. The buyout figure has been the topic of much discussion while Sherman's job status was up in the air.

It is believed that Houston head coach Kevin Sumlin is the school's top target to replace Sherman. Sumlin worked under former Aggies head coach R.C. Slocum from 2001-02. His ability to recruit in Texas is invaluable, especially as A&M transitions into the SEC. Arizona State, however, reportedly has Sumlin high on its list as the school looks to replace the fired Dennis Erickson.

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