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“I’ve never experienced a season like this and I don’t plan on experiencing a season like it again,” Sherman said after the loss to Texas. “This was a very difficult season to swallow. We have good kids, they work hard, but for whatever reason the ball bounced funny for us sometimes, and we didn’t make the play when we need to make it to win the games we didn’t.”

Current and former players expressed their thanks and support for Sherman via Twitter as they learned the news on Thursday night.

“It’s unfortunate to see Coach Sherm go. He is like another father to me. He helped me become the person I am today. I will never forget, never,” former Texas A&M pass-rusher Von Miller, the second overall pick in this year’s draft by Denver, tweeted via his (at)MillerLite40 handle.

Sherman came to Texas A&M after spending two seasons as an assistant head coach with the NFL’s Houston Texans. It was his first college job since he worked as an assistant with the Aggies from 1995-96.

After leaving A&M he worked as an assistant with Green Bay and Seattle before becoming the Packers’ coach in 2000. Green Bay went 59-43 under Sherman and won three NFC North titles in his six seasons, but he was fired after the Packers finished 4-12 in 2005.

The change gives the Aggies a chance for a fresh start when they move into the SEC next season. They end their time in the Big 12 after a decade filled mostly with disappointing finishes. The team had more than seven wins just twice since 2002.