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12/2/02

Slocum Fired at Texas A&M

R.C. Slocum has been fired after 14 years as Texas A&M's head football coach. Slocum is the winningest coach in the program's history, going 123 - 47 - 2. But he was just 29 - 23 over the last four years, including a subpar 6 - 6 campaign this year.

The Aggies matched their worst season under Slocum by losing to Texas 50 - 20 on Friday. Aggies fans were disappointed that the team has become less competitive in the Big XII South. Their 3 - 5 conference finish was their first losing record in league play since 1984.

Slocum says the team had a season where it lost several close games that could have gone either way. He feels the Aggies have some really outstanding young players, and he believes the team's future is bright.

School President Robert Gates asked Slocum to step down and assume the role of special advisor to the president. But Slocum maintains that Gates fired him as head coach.

Not only did the Aggies get slaughtered by the Longhorns 50 - 20, they were also dealt a dramatic overtime loss to Texas Tech in College Station.

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