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Franchione resigns as Texas A&M coach

Franchione resigns as Texas A&M coach

Franchione resigns as Texas A&M coach
November 23rd, 2007

College Station, TX (Sports Network) - Dennis Franchione announced his resignation as head coach at Texas A&M, following a 38-30 victory over 13th- ranked Texas Friday.

"I've always said that coaches exist for only one reason - the players," Franchione said in a statement released after the game. "We have an outstanding group of young men on this team and especially great people. We want them to know that we love them, feel blessed for our time together, and will miss them."

Franchione has led the Aggies to a 7-5 overall record and 4-4 mark in the Big 12 this season.

"I want to express my respect and gratitude to coach Franchione for his courage in making this decision, and putting the interests of his players and this institution ahead of his own interests," Texas A&M athletic director Bill Byrne said. "Coach Franchione is a fine man, and a fine coach, and I consider him a friend. We wish him well and will do anything we can to assist him going forward."

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Re: Franchione resigns as Texas A&M coach

For now, Darnell replaces Franchione as A&M's coach
November 24, 2007

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -Texas A&M defensive coordinator Gary Darnell was named interim coach Saturday, a day after Dennis Franchione resigned.

Darnell joined Franchione's staff in 2006 after serving eight seasons as coach at Western Michigan. He had been out of coaching a year when Franchione hired him.

``Gary has head coaching experience and our young men and coaching staff respect him,'' A&M athletic director Bill Byrne said. ``He will lead our team in our bowl preparations and during the game.''

Franchione stepped down after the Aggies defeated Texas 38-30 at Kyle Field on Friday. A&M (7-5, 4-4 Big 12) went 32-28 in Franchione's five seasons, but went 19-21 in Big 12 games and lost 12 of 15 meetings against main rivals Oklahoma, Texas and Texas Tech.

The Aggies won their first three games in 2007, but the season began to spiral downward in a 34-17 loss to Miami. A week later, a newspaper reported that Franchione's personal assistant had been sending out e-mails with inside information about the program to boosters for a fee. Byrne admonished Franchione and ordered him to shut down his personal Web site.

Despite beating the Longhorns for the second straight season, A&M lost four of its last six games.

After Franchione resigned, Byrne said in a prepared statement the school had completed its investigation into the e-mail scandal. Byrne said he was convinced that Franchione ``did not intentionally, knowingly, or directly participate in actions that were inappropriate or in violation of rules or policies.''

Byrne did not answer questions after reading his statement.

Darnell served as an interim head coach at Florida in 1989 after Galen Hall was fired. The Gators went 3-4 under Darnell. Steve Spurrier became Florida's coach in 1990, and Darnell went to Notre Dame as an assistant.

The Aggies expect to get a bowl invitation next Sunday.

``I have a great deal of faith in our staff and our players,'' Darnell said. ``The values and virtues they have learned throughout their career here at Texas A&M will help deal with this situation. They have a great deal of character.''

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