COLLEGE STATION (AP) ó Houston Texans assistant Mike Sherman declined comment Sunday on reports that he is the leading candidate to become the next head coach at Texas A&M.

Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville, another rumored replacement for Dennis Franchione, also said Sunday he hasnít been contacted by Texas A&M officials and doesnít expect them to come calling.

Franchione resigned Friday after A&Mís 38-30 win over Texas on Friday. A&M athletics department spokesman Alan Cannon did not immediately return a phone message on Sunday.

Sherman, who turns 53 on Dec. 19, has been the Houston Texans assistant head coach for two seasons under Gary Kubiak, a former A&M quarterback. He became the offensive coordinator before this season. The Texans lost 27-17 to the Browns in Cleveland on Sunday.

A Texans spokesman initially said Sherman would not be available.

When Sherman left the Texansí locker room, he was trailed by several reporters who asked for comment on Texas A&M situation but politely declined, saying he would only talk about the loss.

Earlier, Houston owner Bob McNair addressed Shermanís status.

ďI think the report says he may be the leading candidate,Ē McNair said. ďThey (Texas A&M) havenít called me. Thatís not to say they havenít called someone in the organization. I donít think they could find anyone better. Heís an outstanding coach. We certainly would not stand in his way.Ē

Like Kubiak, Sherman has A&M ties. He was the Aggies offensive line coach from 1989-93 and then in 1995-96 under R.C Slocum. Kubiak coached A&Mís running backs in 1992 and Ď93.

Sherman coached the Green Bay Packers from 2000-05, guiding the team to three NFC North titles. Under Sherman, the Packers produced two of the four highest-scoring seasons in franchise history.

The Aggies went 32-28 in five seasons under Franchione and couldnít gain ground on the Big 12ís elite teams. A&M hasnít won the league since 1998.

Tuberville, who was also thought to be a strong candidate to succeed Franchione, said he would meet with Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs on Monday to begin talks that could lead to a contract extension.