Texas A&M Coach Mike Sherman thinks he knows why the Aggies’ performance suffered a drop off in the second half of the past two games.
The Aggies held a 14-0 halftime lead only to lose to Arkansas State 14-18. They were ahead 21-7 against New Mexico and hung on to win 28-22.
It’s because he screamed at them during halftime, he told a news conference. I’m not kidding anyone. Sherman actually made that statement in a news conference.
The beleaguered first-year head coach, who was listed No. 2 on CoachesHotSeat.com last week and is currently listed No. 12 and whose team was listed No. 5 in ESPN’s Bottom 10, said he did the unforgiveable: He challenged their “fragile manhood”.
Gimmeabreak! These guys have been playing football since junior high. During that period, how many times does a kid have the coach screaming in his face?
How many times does any guy have someone screaming at them on the job, at home, and even at church…!
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Hey! I was in the U.S. Army. My drill sergeant in basic screamed at me not once, not twice, but more times than I can count.
“Hey GI! Why is IT that every soldier in this man’s Army has his boots tied properly, and your BOOTS ARE NOT TIED WITH A DOUBLE-LOOPED BOW? NOW DOUBLE-TIME BACK TO THE BARRACKS AND TIE YOUR BOOTS PROPERLY, SLIMEBAG!”
Taking the Sherman’s logic back to my Army days, I should have stuck out my bottom lip, AND stood up in my foxhole and invited the Viet Cong to take aim at my chest. Yeah! Right!
Here’s the way it works: When the bullets went whizzing over my head, I was too busy tying my shoe laces to worry.
Come on, Sherman! You should be ashamed to suggest that the average Aggie football player was shocked at your screaming! Could it be your coaching? What about the preparation? What about the game plan, Sherman? What about your choice of starting quarterback? Maybe you spent too much time coddling Jorvorskie Lane. Think about it, darling.
By Jay Goode
Big 12 fans Texas A&M Aggie correspondent