Texas A&M president expresses his support for Sherman

Along with Florida State, Texas A&M certainly can be considered one of the biggest disappointments of the 2011 season.

After its hot closing stretch last year that resulted in a berth to the Cotton Bowl, the Aggies have stumbled to a 6-5 mark this fall and have had trouble holding onto big halftime leads and closing out games.

So is Mike Sherman in trouble as A&M prepares to move into the SEC?

According to university president R. Bowen Loftin, Sherman will return in 2012.

"As far as I'm concerned, yes," Loftin said when asked if Sherman's job is safe with four years left on his new contract at $1.8 million per year. "We don't want to make any hasty moves, and we look forward to him being our football coach in the future."

Financial considerations could be the ultimate factor in deciding to bring Sherman back.

A&M will have to pay a large fee when it leaves the Big 12 for the SEC, and Sherman's contract carries a pretty hefty buyout. One report suggested that the total is close to $9 million.

If Sherman remains in College Station for the 2012 season, would an underwhelming debut season in the SEC prompt Loftin to make a move no matter the cost?

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