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Texas A&M's Fran Goes Out in Style

In his own way of "sticking it to the man" Dennis Franchione's Texas A&M Aggies beat the Texas Longhorns for the second season in a row and then in a bold move of class told A&M thanks for the memories.

It had been speculated for weeks that Athletic Director Bill Byrne was negotiating a buyout with Franchione but in the waning moments of A&M's 38-30 win over Texas it was wondered if a 7 win season would be enough to continue on at the Aggie coach. Coach Fran put an end to all speculation following the game with a statement.

"Kim & I have arrived at the decision to step down as head football coach out of respect and love for our players, for this University and its football program.

I've always said that coaches exist for only one reason-the players. 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.

We appreciate the opportunity we have had at this great institution to work with this administration, the people throughout this department and campus, and the former students. We have made many lasting friendships.

We also need to say a special appreciation to a loyal, tireless and dedicated group of assistant coaches and their families, who have given so much to this program. This includes our support staff and every individual who has been a part of this team.

We have enjoyed 35 years in coaching, and we will consider our time in Aggieland to be a rewarding part. We wish the best to everyone here.

Thanks and Gig' Em!"

After 8 games this season the Aggies held a 6-2 record but consecutive losses to Kansas, Oklahoma and Nebraska along with an internet newsletter scandal turned up the heat on A&M's coach and most likely was the straw that broke the camel's back.