Texas A&M president R. Bowen Loftin issued a statement today saying the school’s search for a new football coach still includes “multiple candidates” and has no “prescribed timeline” for reaching a conclusion.
Bowen said school officials hope to move “as expeditiously as possible” to find a replacement for Mike Sherman, who was fired Thursday after posting a 6-6 record this season and a 25-25 mark in four seasons. Defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter will be the team’s interim coach when the Aggies meet Northwestern in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas, Dec. 31 in Houston.
In his statement, Loftin stress that A&M athletic director Bill Byrne will lead the search and that “finding the right candidate for Texas A&M is paramount over any prescribed timeline. Additionally, we do not intend for this process to be played out in the media or social networks in order to protect the candidates and the university.”
Leading candidates for the vacancy include Houston coach Kevin Sumlin, Louisville coach Charlie Strong and Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart.
_ Jimmy Burch