11.24.07

No Longer The Worst Kept Secret In College Footbal : Franchione’s Buyout

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Not only will Dennis Franchione not be coaching Texas A&M when and if they receive a bowl invite, but he couldn’t even stick around for another 30 seconds to hear his former A&D describe him as being “guilty of inadequate supervision and oversight.” From the Bryan-College Station Eagle’s Robert Cessna :

Dennis Franchione stepped down as Texas A&M’s head football coach moments after beating arch-rival Texas, 38-30, at Kyle Field Friday.

Franchione told the players, then walked into the Hagner Center at the Bright Football Complex and read a six-paragraph statement to reporters who were covering the game.

“Kim [Franchione] and 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 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.”

Franchione said that he appreciated working with athletic director Bill Byrne, who sat at his right as the announcement was made. Franchione said that Byrne was “the best AD” he’s worked for in 35 years of coaching.

Franchione then exited the room with a large contingent of family and friends, including son Brad Franchione, offensive coordinator Les Koenning Jr. and defensive coordinator Gary Darnell.

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