Tag:Texas A&M Football
Posted on: January 9, 2012 3:26 pm
Edited on: January 9, 2012 3:29 pm

Texas A&M hires USF DC Mark Snyder

Posted by Chip Patterson

Kevin Sumlin added an important piece to his new staff at Texas A&M, hiring South Florida defensive coordinator Mark Snyder to the same position with the Aggies.

Early reports of the hire from CBSSports.com sources were confirmed by USF head coach Skip Holtz on Monday afternoon. Snyder served as the Bulls' defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for the last two seasons, mentoring All-Big East talents like Jacquian Williams, DeDe Lattimore, and Sam Barrington, among others. Prior to his time on Holtz' staff in Tampa, Snyder returned to his alma mater to be Marshall's head coach for five seasons from 2005-2009.

Kevin Sumlin's offensive reputation is well-known, but the Aggies will need an elite defense as well to compete immediately in the SEC West. Snyder has more than two decades of coaching experience under his belt, including four years on Jim Tressel's Ohio State staff highlighted by the 2002 national championship. He has been a defensive coach on the top level, and that is exactly what Sumlin will need at his first BCS head coaching opportunity.

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Posted on: September 1, 2010 12:14 pm
Edited on: September 1, 2010 2:50 pm

Texas A&M AD scared of SEC competition?

Posted by Chip Patterson

Okay, so maybe that headline is a little bit unfair.  But it's not far from what Texas A&M athletic director Bill Byrne said when he was a guest on "Aggie Hour," a weekly radio show on the Aggie Radio Network, earlier this week.

Byrne was candid about several topics, one of which being why the Aggies decided to maintain a holding pattern when given a potential opportunity to move to the SEC earlier in the summer.

"I was concerned with changing conferences that we may not be ready for the level of competition if we decided to leave," Byrne told host Dave South on the weekly show that's part of the Aggie Radio Network. "I was very concerned about trying to take things slowly, and not rush."
Despite being one of the most storied programs in college football history, the Big 12 has not treated the Aggies very well - particularly in football.  The Aggies have not had a conference title since 1998 and haven't finished the season in the Top 25 since 1999.

Obviously the Aggies hope that this season can be the end of at least one of those streaks, and if it's going to happen it will be on the legs and arms of Jerrod Johnson.  The senior quarterback threw for 3579 yards and 30 touchdowns and only 8 interceptions, and will be counted on to do the same and more in 2010.  The Aggies are currently sitting on the outside of the Top 25, but with a schedule that kicks off with Stephen F. Austin, Louisiana Tech, and Florida International; they should have some time to work out any kinks before kicking off conference play.       

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