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Sherman fired by Texas A&M

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Mike Sherman was fired as Texas A&M’s coach Thursday after the Aggies finished the regular season a disappointing 6-6.

Athletic director Bill Byrne announced the move in a statement.

Byrne said he will talk with the assistant coaches to decide who will serve as the interim coach for Texas A&M’s bowl game.

Sherman went 25-25 in his four seasons.

He was hired at the end of the 2007 season three days after Dennis Franchione resigned.

His best and only winning season came last year when the Aggies won their last six regular-season games and lost in the Cotton Bowl to finish 9-4.

PENN STATE: The lawyer for former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky said Wednesday that he might have to talk to his client at some point about pleading guilty to charges of child sex abuse.

Sandusky’s attorney, Joe Amendola, made the comment to The Patriot-News of Harrisburg (Pa.) on the same day a new accuser, a Philadelphia man who is now 29, became the first plaintiff to file a lawsuit in the scandal.

In new comments Thurs­day, Amendola said he would consider “possible alternatives” with Sandusky if new charges are filed that involve more victims than the eight covered by the 40 pending criminal counts.

Sandusky has never considered a plea in his case, Amendola said.

COLORADO STATE: President Tony Fran fired athletic director Paul Kowalczyk and replaced him with former Rams QB John C. “Jack” Graham, the university announced Thursday.

Graham, who played for Colorado State from 1973-74, will evaluate all athletic programs and meet with donors and supporters, the school said.

Under Steve Fairchild, the Rams are 3-8 overall and 1-5 in the Mountain West. They have lost seven in a row heading into the regular-season finale against Wyoming.

NO. 22 WEST VIRGINIA 30,

SOUTH FLORIDA 27

In Tampa, Fla., Tyler Bitancurt kicked his third field goal of the night – a 28-yarder as time expired – as West Virginia rallied past South Florida in a Big East game on Thursday night.

West Virginia (9-3, 5-2 Big East) scored 10 unanswered points in the final 5:09, starting with Dustin Garrison’s 5-yard touchdown run that tied it up at 27.

Bitancurt also had field goals of 23 and 42 yards.

South Florida drops to 5-7, 1-6 Big East.

TENNESSEE: A person familiar with the decision says Tennessee wide receivers coach Charlie Baggett has decided to retire.


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