A&M Names Sherman Head Football Coach

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Fewer than three days after Dennis Franchione announced his resignation as Texas A&M head football coach, the Aggies announced Friday Houston Texans assistant head coach Mike Sherman would take over.

Sherman, 52, also worked for six seasons as the head coach of the Green Bay Packers. He has spent the past two seasons as an assistant on Gary Kubiak's staff. Kubiak is a former A&M quarterback.

Sherman also has ties to A&M. He was the Aggies offensive line coach from 1989-93 and 1995-96 under R.C Slocum. Kubiak was A&M's running backs coach in 1992-93.

Sherman will not join the Aggies until the conclusion of the 2007 NFL season because he is under contractual obligation with the Texans.

He has agreed to a seven-year contract that will pay him $1.8 million annually.

Byrne said Sherman impressed him when the coach said he wanted less than Franchione was paid. Byrne said that would allow Sherman to have more available resources to hire assistant coaches.

Franchione took a contract buyout and stepped down Friday, less than an hour after the Aggies beat Texas 38-30.

Defensive coordinator Gary Darnell was named interim coach Saturday for the Aggies for their bowl game.

The Aggies are expecting an invitation Sunday.