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Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman on the spot Saturday against Arkansas

BIG 12 HOT SEAT – Some Aggies aren't happy with Texas A&M's 30-29 loss to OSU, so Mike Sherman had better be on his play-calling game today against Arkansas.
By BERRY TRAMEL Published: September 30, 2011

Mike Sherman has rejuvenated enthusiasm for the Texas A&M football program. But the posse's never far behind.

In a week in which the Aggies officially joined the Southeastern Conference, athletic director Bill Byrne took to defending Sherman.

In his weekly address to A&M fans, Byrne wrote, “I'm hearing from some of you asking why Coach Mike Sherman does not have an offensive coordinator.”

The inference was clear. Some Aggies were not happy with the 30-29 loss to OSU last Saturday at Kyle Field.

Now comes a showdown with future SEC mate Arkansas, Saturday at JerryWorld in Arlington.

Sherman wrote that it had been almost a year since he had heard griping about Sherman, “but it seems when we lose a game, it's one of the first comments I hear about.

“One of Mike Sherman's strengths is being a great play-caller. If we catch a few more balls, and don't tip some to the opponent hands, we win the game.”

Most play-calling criticism is completely invalid, but I'm also quite sure that Bill Byrne has no idea whether Sherman is a quality play-caller or not.

Doesn't really matter. In the Big 12, Sherman needed to beat the likes of OSU – and didn't, going 0-4. In the SEC, Sherman needs to beat the likes of Arkansas. No better time to start than now.

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