COLLEGE STATION (AP) — Former Green Bay Packers coach Mike Sherman was introduced as Texas A&M’s coach Monday, three days after Dennis Franchione resigned.
Sherman, an assistant head coach with the Houston Texans for two seasons, will return to the school where he was the offensive line coach from 1989-93 and in 1995-96.
“ It’s like coming back home,” Sherman said. “I told my wife, you can unpack the boxes on this move. I’ve moved about 10 times in my career. You can put up the pictures and throw the boxes away, because we’re going to be here a while.”
Sherman signed a seven-year contract that will pay him a base salary of $1.8 million a year.
Franchione, who earned a base salary of $2 million a year, took a contract buyout and stepped down Friday, less than an hour after Texas A&M beat Texas 38-30. Defensive coordinator Gary Darnell was named the interim coach Saturday and will lead the Aggies (7-5, 4-4 Big 12) through their bowl game.
Sherman, 52, hasn’t coached in college since leaving A&M to become an assistant in Green Bay in 1996. He’ll coach the remainder of the season for the Texans (5-6).
A&M athletics director Bill Byrne said Sherman was the only coach interviewed.
“I thought Mike was the perfect fit for us,” Byrne said. “Given his background, given the fact that he’s been successful, both as a collegiate coach and as a head coach in the National Football League, he is the person to take Texas A&M to where we want to go.”