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Sherman not commenting about A&M job opening

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Houston Texans assistant Mike
Sherman declined comment Sunday on reports that he's the leading
candidate for the Texas A&M job.

Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville, another rumored replacement for
Dennis Franchione, also said Sunday he hasn't been contacted by
Texas A&M officials and doesn't expect them to come calling.

Franchione resigned Friday after A&M's 38-30 victory over Texas.

A&M athletic department spokesman Alan Cannon said the school
has called a news conference for 11 a.m. Monday to make an
announcement regarding the football program.

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

A Texans spokesman initially said Sherman wouldn't be available.

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

Earlier, Houston owner Bob McNair addressed Sherman's status.

"I think the report says he may be the leading candidate,''
McNair said. "They [Texas A&M] haven't called me. That's not to
say they haven't called someone in the organization. I don't think
they could find anyone better. He's an outstanding coach. We
certainly would not stand in his way.''

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&M's running backs in 1992 and '93.

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
couldn't gain ground on the Big 12's elite teams. A&M hasn't won
the league title since 1998.

Tuberville, 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.