November 19, 2008

View: A&M hitting rock bottom

The stock market is in a mess. Investors in 401K, pension funds and retirement investments are very concerned.
They are waiting for the experts to declare that the market has bottomed out and things will go no where but up. In time, all will be back to normal and things will be good again.

The Texas A&M football team is in a similar situation. The loss to Baylor represents the bottom of a very tough rebuilding program. The Aggies lost last Saturday to a better football team. Some may refuse to admit that Baylor was a better team. However, better football teams don't turn over the ball - Baylor had zero turnovers and the Aggies five. Better football teams run the ball and stop the run - Baylor had 269 yards rushing and the Aggies again could not run the ball, gaining only 64 yards on the ground. Better teams convert on third down - the Aggies were two-of-nine on third down. Oklahoma (like Texas) is loaded with four- and five-star recruits, but Baylor is not.

The moment the clock on Thanksgiving night goes to 0:00, the Aggie program is on the way up. Young players will still be around, not happy with the results of the season and willing to do anything to get the Aggies back to the top. The offseason will start at the end of January, building the Aggies into a quick, tough, strong and determined football team. Strength coach Dave Kennedy will also instill a strong "team first" atmosphere and a close family style team will emerge. An outstanding recruiting class will be signed the first week of February and will contribute right away. Associate Athletic Director for Football Tim Cassidy is the best in the business and the wheels are in motion for evaluating and committing a class that are now outstanding juniors in high school. A&M has a lot to sell and Cassidy will make sure that the prospects are well informed. He and the staff will bring them to Aggieland.

March and April will bring a physical, "who wants to be here" spring training, in which the fundamentals of football will be taught and a "team first" attitude will be emphasized. Summer will again bring the entire team together to bond for the season. Two-a-days will finalize the plan and a winnable pre-conference schedule gets the Aggies off to a great start. Six or seven wins will be followed by a bowl game and 2010 brings a repeat with eight or nine in the win column. After that, there might not be any limits.

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