Tuesday, December 3, 2002

Texas A&M fires Slocum


College football notebook

The Associated Press

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Texas A&M fired R.C. Slocum on Monday, ending his 14-year tenure as the Aggies' coach.

Despite a victory over then-No.1 Oklahoma, Texas A&M finished a disappointing 6-6 in the regular season, capped by a 50-20 loss to Texas on Friday.

Slocum's 123 career wins were the most in school history, and he never had a losing season. But A&M fans were disgruntled that the Aggies have become less competitive in the Big 12 South - their 3-5 finish was their first losing league record since 1984.

Slocum was 123-47-2 overall at Texas A&M, but he was just 29-23 over the last four years and has lost three straight to Texas.

BALL STATE: Bill Lynch was fired as coach after producing only two winning seasons in his eight years at the school. Lynch had a 37-54 record, with his only winning seasons coming in his first two years. The Cardinals were 6-6 this season.

CINCINNATI: Defensive end Antwan Peek (Woodward) was named Conference USA defensive player of the week for the second time this season and fourth time in his career.

MIAMI REDHAWKS: Four MU players earned Mid-American Conference honors in voting by the coaches. Senior outside linebacker Matt Robillard and sophomore-place kicker Jared Parseghian earned first-team honors, and sophomore quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and junior running back Luke Clemens were named to the second team.

NEBRASKA: Cornhuskers coach Frank Solich fired three of his defensive assistants and said he no longer will call the team's offensive plays.

Defensive coordinator Craig Bohl, secondary coach George Darlington and rush ends coach Nelson Barnes were let go.

Nebraska finished its worst regular season in 41 years. With a 7-6 record, the Huskers barely became eligible for a bowl game.

TULSA: Coach Keith Burns, whose Golden Hurricane teams were 2-21 the last two seasons, announced his resignation.

OUTLAND FINALISTS: Miami center Brett Romberg, Washington State defensive tackle Rien Long and Utah offensive tackle Jordan Gross are the finalists for the trophy for best lineman. The winner will be announced Dec.12 in Orlando, Fla.

BOWL ACCEPTANCES: Southern Mississippi will play in the Houston Bowl on Dec.27 against a Big 12 team.... Clemson has accepted a bid to play in the Tangerine Bowl and will play a Big 12 opponent Dec.23 in Orlando, Fla.... New Mexico made the Las Vegas Bowl and will play a Pac-10 team on Dec.25.




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