[UPDATED 7:51PM December 1]

Texas A&M Athletic Director Bill Byrne confirmed to the Dallas Morning News that Mike Sherman will not be returning for the 2012 season as the Head Coach of Texas A&M.

Byrne in a statement from the University said,

"Mike Sherman has operated our football program with the highest levels of character and integrity over the past four seasons and has served as a great ambassador for Texas A&M University. Mike has always put the welfare of the student-athlete and Texas A&M first."

Kirk Bohls of the Austin American Statesman first reported that Texas A&M has fired head football coach Mike Sherman after a disappointing 6-6 season.

Bohls reported the dismissal on twitter writing,

 

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"Texas A&M has decided to fire football Mike Sherman but has not yet notified him, a prominent Aggie source just told me."
Sherman is 25-25 in his fourth season in College Station, but the Aggies fell short of expectations after selected as No. 8 in the AP Preseason Poll.