Slocum Out At Texas A&M

Head football coach R.C. Slocum is out at Texas A&M.

University President Robert M. Gates says in a written statement that he asked Slocum to step down as head football coach and to assume the role of special advisor to the president. Slocum, meanwhile, said, quote, "It was with great sadness and disappointment that I learned today that I was being fired as the head football coach at Texas A&M. We had a season where we lost several close games that could have gone either way and no one was more disappointed than me with our record. However, we have some really outstanding young players and I felt our future was bright."

Linebacker Brian Gamble says Slocum informed the team this afternoon during a team meeting at Kyle Field that he is out.

Gamble says seeing Slocum leave is, quote, "disheartening." Although disappointed with Gates' decision, Slocum says he recognizes that the university has the right to decide who coaches the team.

Slocum, head coach for 14 years, was the winningest coach in A&M history.

Despite that, the heat had been turned up on Slocum, whose team lost last week to archrival Texas. Texas rolled 50-to-20 over the Aggies. Slocum is just 29-and-23 over the last four years and has lost three straight to the Longhorns. The Aggies were 6-and-6 this season.