Football's coaching carousel in high gear

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Former Green Bay Packers coach Mike Sherman has been hired to run Texas A&M's football program. The announcement comes three days after Dennis Franchione resigned from the position.

Sherman went 59-and-43 and won three NFC North titles in six seasons before getting fired by the Packers last year. He takes over an Aggies program that was 32-and-28 in five seasons under Franchione.

Defensive coordinator Gary Darnell was named interim coach Saturday and will lead the Aggies in a bowl game.

In other news involving college football coaches:

  • Southern Mississippi football coach Jeff Bower resigned today. It comes two days after he clinched his 14th straight winning season with a 16-10 victory over Arkansas State and accepted his 10th bowl invitation in 11 years. The season had been a disappointment for Bower and Southern Miss. Picked to win Conference USA, the Golden Eagles stumbled to a 2-3 start and needed two wins at the end of the year to finish winners. It's unclear who will lead the Golden Eagles into the Bowl on December 22nd in Birmingham, Alabama.
  • Georgia Tech fired Chan Gailey less than 48 hours after a sixth-straight loss to rival Georgia ended a disappointing 7-and-5 season. The move was widely expected after the Yellow Jackets came up far short of another run at the Atlantic Coast Conference championship one year after winning its division.
  • Duke fired Ted Roof two days after the Blue Devils concluded a 1-and-11 season with their ninth straight loss. Roof's career record dipped to 6-and-45 after a 20-14 overtime loss to North Carolina, the Blue Devils' fourth straight to their main rival.
  • A 7-and-5 record has earned Bill Lynch a four-year contract to run the Hoosiers' program. He took over on an interim basis during the offseason, just days before the death of head coach Terry Hoeppner from complications of a brain tumor. Lynch had an 81-67-and-3 record in 14 seasons as head coach at Ball State, Butler and DePauw.

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