Johnson Out At A&M

After failing to qualify for the conference baseball tournament, Texas A&M wasted no time at the close of the season in terminating coach Mark Johnson:

Texas A&M fired longtime baseball coach Mark Johnson on today following a 30-25-1 season in which the Aggies finished next-to-last in the Big 12 Conference.

Hired in 1985, Johnson went 876-433-3 in two decades as head coach after two seasons as an assistant under Tom Chandler.

“I’m really hurt right now,” Johnson said. “We’ve won enough that the expectations are there. I knew we weren’t doing well. I wasn’t blind to that. I had hoped that it wouldn’t be resolved by a termination.”

The man had an impressive overall record, but clearly he was not meeting reasonable expectations. There is no reason that baseball program shouldn’t be in a regional every year and contending for trips to Omaha many years. That program should not be missing the Big 12 Tourney.

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