Sherman to coach Texas A&M

Texas A&M turned to a former assistant to lead the program back to prominence.

Former Green Bay Packers coach Mike Sherman was hired at A & M yesterday, 3 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 7-year contract that will pay him $1.8 million a year.

Sherman, 52, hasn't coached in college since leaving A & M to become an assistant in Green Bay in 1996. He'll remain with the Texans (5-6) for the rest of the of the season.

Noteworthy

* Citing business considerations as much as wins and losses, Georgia Tech athletic director Dan Radakovich fired coach Chan Gailey, 2 days after his sixth straight loss to rival Georgia (7-5) ended a season that failed to meet expectations. Defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta took over as interim coach for an expected trip to the Emerald or Humanitarian Bowl.

* Arkansas coach Houston Nutt resigned, giving up his job 3 days after directing the Razorbacks to a victory over top-ranked Louisiana State. Defensive coordinator Reggie Herring will coach the team in its bowl.

* Jeff Bower ended one of college football's longest coaching runs (17 years) when he resigned at Southern Mississippi. Bower capped his 14th consecutive winning season Saturday and ends a 29-year relationship as player and coach with the Golden Eagles.

* Duke fired coach Ted Roof, 2 days after ending the season at 1-11 with a ninth straight loss. The Blue Devils won four games in 4 years.

* Northern Illinois football coach Joe Novak retired after a 2-10 season, including a 16-15 loss to Temple.

* Nine days after Indiana completed its most successful regular season in 14 years, interim coach Bill Lynch was rewarded with a 4-year contract. Indiana finished 7-5 for its most wins since 1993, and the team is likely headed to its first bowl game since that same season. *