The Aggies' head coach was fired after leading them to a 25-25 record over four seasons. Sherman's exit came one week after his team's last-second loss to rival Texas.
Bobby Petrino, Arkansas
Arkansas parted ways with Petrino after he failed to disclose that a 25-year-old female employee of the football program was with him when he crashed his motorcycle on April 1. Petrino went 34-17 over four seasons with the Razorbacks, including an 11-1 mark (the first in school history) and a Cotton Bowl victory in 2011.
Pat Hill, Fresno State
After 15 seasons of running the Bulldogs, Hill was fired on Dec. 4, a day after Fresno State lost to San Diego State to complete a 4-9 campaign. Hill led his teams to success in the early part of his tenure, and built his program into one of the most respected of the non-BCS schools. But, beginning with a narrow 50-42 loss to then-No. 1 USC in 2005, Hill's teams went 40-41 over his final 81 games.
Steve Fairchild, Colorado State
After four seasons at Fort Collins, Fairchild was shown the door on Dec. 4. The Rams ended the season on an eight-game losing streak, giving Fairchild his third consecutive 3-9 mark at the school. Don't accuse new athletic director Jack Graham of not aiming high when it comes to a replacement, as Graham announced after the firing that a national search for the next head coach would begin immediately.
Neil Callaway, UAB
Callaway left the Blazers after five seasons as head coach with a 18-42 record. He never had a winning season with the team. But there is some debate on how he's leaving. Callaway said he was fired; the school said he resigned.
Dennis Erickson, Arizona State
Erickson had a 31-30 record in his five seasons with the Sun Devils. After starting the 2011 season with a 6-2 record, Arizona State stumbled through the rest of its schedule, including a four-game losing streak to conclude the season. In his first season, the Sun Devils went 10-3 and made an appearance in the Holiday Bowl, but they haven't made a bowl appearance since.
Luke Fickell, Ohio State
Fickell took over the the Buckeyes' program on an interim basis early in 2011 after the abrupt departure of coach Jim Tressel for NCAA violations. And after guiding the suspension-depleted Buckeyes to a 6-6 record, Fickell has been replaced by former Florida coach and Ohio native Urban Meyer. During his short tenure, Fickell’s "interim" tag was never removed but was given a high-ranking position on Meyer's defensive staff.
Turner Gill, Kansas
Kansas fired Gill after only two seasons at the helm. The move came after the Jayhawks capped a 2-10 season with a loss to Missourii. Gill signed a five-year, $10 million contract with Kansas in 2010 after turning around a struggling program in Buffalo. The Kansas athletic director said he would honor the remaining $6 million of Gill's deal.
Rob Ianello, Akron
In two seasons at Akron, Ianello was able to guide the Zips to two wins. His 2-22 record included a 1-15 mark in the Mid-American Conference. Ianello was hired by Akron in December 2009 he’d spent five years as an assistant at Notre Dame.
Joe Paterno, Penn State
Paterno was fired after 46 years as head coach for the Nittany Lions.
Mike Locksley, New Mexico
New Mexico's athletic director decided enough was enough and dropped Locksley at the end of September. The Lobos were 0-4 at the time under Locksley, who left with a 2-26 record in three seasons. His firing also came after several off-field issues.
Rick Neuheisel, UCLA
Neuheisel was relieved of his duties after guiding the Bruins to a 21-28 record in four seasons. His firing came only days after the Bruins suffered the worst conference loss in school history, a 50-0 shutout at the hands of Southern California.
Larry Porter, Memphis
Memphis decided two seasons was all it could handle with Larry Porter. The coach left his gig — and his alma mater — with a dismal 3-21 record. Waning interest in the program also had an impact — only an estimated 2,500 showed up for the team's home finale this season.
Mike Stoops, Arizona
Unlike the other fired coaches, Stoops didn’t make it to the end of the season. The Wildcats got rid of him in mid-October. During his eight-year, Stoops took the Wildcats to three consecutive bowls, though the third ended in a blowout loss to Oklahoma in 2010. The Wildcats didn't start out very well this season, either, going 1-5 before Stoops’ firing. Defensive coordinator Tim Kish was promoted to interim coach. Then, before the Wildcats’ regular-season finale, the school announced it had hired Rich Rodriguez, formerly of West Virginia and Michigan.
Ron Zook, Illinois
After starting the season with a promising 6-0 run, the Fighting Illini took a dive and finished with a 6-6 record. Zook became Illinois’ head coach in 2005 and finished his career there with a 34-51 record that included a 2007 Rose Bowl appearance.
Paul Wulff, Washington State
Wulff, a former offensive lineman for the Cougars, could never get things going in Pullman. Washington State was only able to secure a 9-40 record in four seasons with Wulff at the helm.