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It’s time for this year to be ‘The Year’

Let’s take a look at Kevin Sumlin’s track record since he became the Aggies’ head football coach before the 2012 season: one Cotton Bowl, one Chick-Fil-A Bowl, one Liberty bowl, zero division titles, zero SEC championships, zero playoff or BCS bowl appearances and zero national championships.

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Friday 09/04/2015
Defending champions pose first test for Aggies
Posted: September 04, 2015

The No. 3 Texas A&M soccer team heads to Tallahassee, Fla., Friday to take on the defending national champions, Florida State.

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DESTINATION NRG: AGGIES OPEN SEASON WITH ASU
Updated: September 04, 2015 - 1:30 am

After months of recruitment talk and predictions, the Aggies will kick off the 2015-2016 season in Houston Saturday. 

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Carson: Prepared for the limelight
Posted: September 04, 2015

Four years have passed since Tra Carson entered the realm of college football. The six foot, 235 pound senior running back now enters his final season with the Aggies but begins a new chapter in his football career as the featured back.

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Like father, like son
Updated: September 04, 2015 - 12:25 am

After becoming the winningest coach in Aggie football history, R.C. Slocum has spent his days on the sideline, supporting his son Shawn, who happens to be the special teams coordinator for Arizona State.

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View from the other sideline: Arizona State
Updated: September 04, 2015 - 1:35 am

The Battalion sports editor Carter Karels spoke with Arizona State’s State Press sports editor Stefan Moldrich about the upcoming matchup between Texas A&M and ASU.

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SEC West promises a challenge
Updated: September 04, 2015 - 12:18 am

As the 2015 college football season arrives, there is one division in college football that stands out among the rest: the SEC West. From the top with Auburn and Alabama to the overlooked teams like A&M and Arkansas, the West looks to be as competitive and deep as ever this year. Let’s meet the rest of the division.

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The new, the old and the dangerous
Posted: September 04, 2015

With many returning starters, including quarterback Kyle Allen, the return of possibly the nation’s best group of receivers, a favorable schedule and a highly decorated new defensive coordinator, the expectations in College Station are high. 

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Off-season timeline
Updated: September 04, 2015 - 12:20 am

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Born in Arizona, built in Aggieland
Posted: September 04, 2015

It was the lowest point in the football season — a 59-0 rout in Tuscaloosa destroyed any notion that A&M was championship-ready, and starting quarterback Kenny Hill’s troubled tenure ended in suspension. 

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Thursday 09/03/2015
From one underdog to another: Former linebacker gives advice, opinion on 2015 football season
Updated: September 03, 2015 - 9:27 am

The Texas A&M football team will on many occasions be the underdog this season, much like 1990’s Aggie linebacker Dat Nguyen was back in his day.

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Volleyball prepares to host Texas A&M Invitational
Posted: September 03, 2015

After splitting two games in the Stanford Tournament last weekend in Palo Alto, California, the Texas A&M volleyball team will host Abilene Christian, New Mexico State and Wichita State in the Texas A&M Invitational this weekend.

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Golf tees off season with familiar foe
Posted: September 03, 2015

The A&M women’s golf team will open the 2015-16 season against a familiar foe, the University of Texas.

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Cross country starts the races in Aggieland
Updated: September 03, 2015 - 11:06 pm

It’s September in Aggieland, and a lot of buzz is going on about football. However, the Aggie men's and women's cross country teams are set to begin their 2015 campaign on Friday night at the Dale Watts Cross Country course in College Station.

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Wednesday 09/02/2015
Three Aggies earn PGA tour cards
Updated: September 02, 2015 - 12:37 am

The number of Aggies competing at the highest level of golf has doubled.

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Tuesday 09/01/2015
Sumlin: New players bring energy
Updated: September 02, 2015 - 12:24 am

The first game might not be until Saturday, but the Texas A&M football team has been training hard all summer. That was the message head coach Kevin Sumlin conveyed at the first 2015-16 season weekly press conference Tuesday afternoon.

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A look ahead: Three games to watch for
Updated: September 01, 2015 - 12:56 am

FOOTBALL: The Aggies kick off the 2015 season at NRG Stadium in Houston against the Arizona State Sun Devils at 6 p.m. Saturday. In what promises to be an exciting matchup of two quality teams, sophomore quarterback Kyle Allen will lead the Aggies with a year of experience against an Arizona State team picked by some experts to win the PAC-12 and well-renowned ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit to hold one of the four spots in the college football playoff. ASU starting quarterback Mike Bercovici will be facing a much more experienced A&M defense led by sophomore pass-rushing specialist Myles Garrett and an assortment of talented defenders in the linebacking corps and secondary.

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Monday 08/31/2015
Volleyball splits the Cardinal and Gophers in the Stanford Tournament
Updated: August 31, 2015 - 11:26 am

A&M split two games with Stanford and Minnesota at the Stanford tournament in Palo Alto, California over the weekend.

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Sunday 08/30/2015
Pair of goals in two minutes keeps Aggies undefeated
Updated: August 31, 2015 - 12:03 am

Texas A&M kept its undefeated streak alive with a convincing 2-0 victory over Florida Atlantic at Ellis Field Sunday.

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Kirk, Murray and Mack enter the picture
Updated: August 31, 2015 - 1:37 am

Daylon Mack, Christian Kirk and Kyler Murray are all 5-star, heavily touted players coming out of high school. Their high school accomplishments and progress in the offseason hints that the trio will leave a trace with the program. In the coming years, they could be running the show.

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Volleyball looks to have a breakout year
Updated: August 31, 2015 - 12:39 pm

After seeing its season end in Austin three years in a row, the Aggie volleyball team is looking to change its fortunes in 2015. 

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Saturday 08/29/2015
No. 4 A&M breezes by UC Irvine
Posted: August 29, 2015

After another goal in the first five minutes of action, the No. 4 Aggies pounced on the UC Irvine Anteaters, 4-0, Friday on Fish Camp night.

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Wednesday 08/26/2015
Moorehead discusses progression of A&M receiving corps
Updated: August 26, 2015 - 2:22 am

During the off-season, the Aggies added a lot to their new coaching staff. One of the best hires was the new wide receivers coach Aaron Moorehead.

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Tuesday 08/25/2015
Sumlin speaks on Allen starting, Harvey's improvement
Updated: August 26, 2015 - 1:59 am

The games might not have started, but Aggie football season is in full swing after the Aggies announced on Monday that Kyle Allen would start against Arizona State in the season opener.

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Monday 08/24/2015
Kyle Allen named as starting quarterback
Updated: August 25, 2015 - 3:40 pm

Sophomore Kyle Allen has been named the Texas A&M starting quarterback against Arizona State on Sept. 5.

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Sunday 08/23/2015
Maroon Out expands its reach
Updated: August 23, 2015 - 10:05 pm

The Maroon Out tradition, a bevy of coordinated maroon T-shirts sold at a discounted price to Aggies, is a part of the A&M football experience for many fans.

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Kaser returns for 'unfinished business'
Updated: August 26, 2015 - 2:00 am

Senior punter Drew Kaser has compiled a collegiate career at Texas A&M that has reestablished the standard for Aggie special teams players.

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Friday 08/21/2015
Johnny Manziel shines in Browns' preseason game
Updated: August 21, 2015 - 8:35 am

Johnny Manziel gained a lot of attention Thursday night after throwing his first career NFL touchdown pass to cap off a 96-yard drive, despite losing 11-10 to the Buffalo Bills.

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Wednesday 08/19/2015
Coaches Price and Hagen discuss development of defensive line
Updated: August 19, 2015 - 5:19 pm

When most coaches land a new gig at a university, they start off with a clean slate. However, defensive coordinator John Chavis decided to keep the staff at hand, and defensive line coaches Mark Hagen and Terry Price spoke to the media Tuesday and said they have loved having Chavis on staff at Texas A&M.

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Saturday 08/15/2015
Aggie soccer tops Tulsa in exhibition
Updated: August 15, 2015 - 11:58 pm

The fifth-ranked Aggie soccer team got their first opportunity to showcase their squad against someone other than themselves Saturday night when they defeated the Tulsa Golden Hurricane 2-1 in an exhibition match at Ellis Field.

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Friday 08/14/2015
Five takeaways from day three of Fall camp
Updated: August 15, 2015 - 11:19 am

1) Kevin Sumlin has a confidence in this team that has not been seen before

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Wednesday 08/12/2015
A&M men's basketball geared up for European tour
Updated: August 12, 2015 - 7:15 pm

The Texas A&M men’s basketball team will head overseas Thursday to embark on a 10 day European tour in which they will play four exhibition games in Italy and Greece.

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Walking on with tradition
Updated: August 12, 2015 - 8:20 pm

In the 1980s, under Head Coach Jackie Sherrill, the Texas A&M football team implemented what was known as the 12th Man kickoff team. The special teams squad was compiled entirely of walk-on players in an effort to tangibly embody the spirit of the 12th Man. What was once the kickoff team has since been narrowed down to a single player who wears the number 12 jersey and acts as the 12th Man.

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Why we stand
Updated: August 13, 2015 - 11:11 am

The 12th Man has been around in Aggieland since January of 1922, when what is seen today as a tradition was personified and put into practice by A&M’s E. King Gill.

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A&M team welcomes younger talent as new season begins
Updated: August 12, 2015 - 7:33 pm

2014 was a year for the books in A&M women’s soccer.

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Chavis and Spavital discuss early impressions of Fall camp
Updated: August 12, 2015 - 8:51 pm

Texas A&M is still just getting things started at Fall camp and both offensive coordinator, Jake Spavital and defensive coordinator, John Chavis like what they are seeing. 

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Tuesday 08/11/2015
Aggie football begins Fall camp
Updated: August 11, 2015 - 5:56 pm

After much anticipation, the Aggie football team finally took to the practice fields Monday afternoon to begin their 2015 campaign. 

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Friday 08/07/2015
Games of Texas leaves impact on Bryan-College Station
Updated: August 07, 2015 - 4:44 pm

From July 31st to August 3rd, the Texas sports world revolved around College Station for the annual Texas Amateur Athletic Federation’s Summer Games of Texas.

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Wednesday 07/29/2015
Game by game breakdown of 2015 Aggie football
Updated: July 30, 2015 - 4:22 pm

It’s almost here, folks. Just over a month until college football is back in our lives.

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As the clock winds down on summer, training camp approaches
Updated: August 09, 2015 - 11:46 am

Last fall was, for lack of a better term, a roller coaster ride for Aggie football and fans.

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Games of Texas set to return to Bryan-College Station
Updated: July 30, 2015 - 11:53 am

For the second consecutive year, the Games of Texas will be hosted by Bryan-College Station in partnership with Texas A&M. The Olympic style amateur games will be held from July 30 through Aug. 3 and will have competition that will span throughout the Brazos Valley twin cities.

Over the course of the five-day competition, athletes will compete in events including boxing, skate- boarding, golf, tennis, swimming, pickleball, track & field, archery, disk golf, judo and soccer.

Kelli Nesbitt, Marketing Coordinator for the Col- lege Station Parks and Recreation department, said the Games have been hosted all around the state of Texas but there may not be any more favored venue for the Olympic style event than Bryan-College Station.

“Last year we received multiple comments on ‘this being the best games yet,’” Nesbitt said. “We attribute that to the hometown hospitality and premier athletic facilities in Bryan-College Station including Texas A&M University Blue Bell Park, Mitchell Tennis Center, Rec Center, College Station High School, G. Hysmith Skate Park and more.”

Nesbitt said the Games will have an impact on the local economy, and have a track record to prove it.

“In 2014, only 220 participants were from Col- lege Station, which means the rest – along with about 20,000 of their coaches, family members and friends – were visitors who dropped an estimated $6 million into the local economy over a four day period,” said Nesbitt.

The Games held in 2014 had one of the most competitive turnouts in the history of the competition. There were 97 Games of Texas records set in 2014 including 33 in Track and Field as well as 64 in swim- ming.

Nesbitt said it is a treat for the athletes of all ages to compete in a venue that has first class facilities such as those at Texas A&M University.

“Not often do youth athletes get the opportunity to compete in world class facilities such at the Texas A&M Rec Center and Mitchell Tennis Center,” said Nesbitt. “Swimming being held at the Texas A&M Rec Center has been the talk of TAAF for the past year.”

The open ceremony of the Games will be held at Blue Bell Park on Friday at 6:45 p.m. The athletes will be led into the park by the First Lady of Aggieland, Reveille IX.

 

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A&M veterans chime in on quarterback competition
Updated: August 09, 2015 - 12:03 pm

Sunday, the Texas A&M football team will report for its preseason training camp after a summer of workouts and seven-on-seven action. For the third time in four years, head coach Kevin Sumlin has a quarterback decision on his hands.

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Wednesday 07/22/2015
Courtney Williams, Team U.S.A., capture silver medal at Pan Am Games in Toronto
Updated: July 22, 2015 - 4:01 pm

Courtney Williams, senior guard for the Texas A&M women’s basketball team, was selected this summer to compete in the Pan American Games as a part of Team U.S.A.

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Kevin Sumlin featured on ESPN
Updated: July 22, 2015 - 7:44 pm

It’s a busy time of the year for football coaches and media members alike. Kevin Sumlin and other SEC coaches are preparing their rosters for the upcoming season, and the media is getting its first true look at what their respective teams might look like come September. 

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Tuesday 07/14/2015
Sumlin talks football, Chavis at SEC Media days
Updated: July 18, 2015 - 3:43 pm

In Hoover, Alabama this week, SEC Media days were held, which is the unofficial start of college football season. Tuesday, the Aggies and Kevin Sumlin spoke about the upcoming year and the changes surrounding the program.

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A&M football, basketball lose key players
Updated: July 16, 2015 - 9:05 pm

In one day, A&M has lost “soft commitment” from five star offensive tackle Greg Little, four star wide receiver Tren’Davian Dickson -- who was considered a heavy lean to A&M committed to archrival Texas -- and now Aggie basketball lost their fourth player this offseason when Peyton Allen decided to transfer on Tuesday afternoon.

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Peyton Allen transfers from A&M
Updated: July 18, 2015 - 4:27 pm

Aggie basketball took quite a hit this offseason. Devonte Fitzgerald (Minnesota), Avery Johnson Jr. (Alabama), and Antuan Space (UMass) have all departed this offseason, and Tuesday the depth chart took another hit. According to multiple reports, Peyton Allen will transfer from Texas A&M, effective immediately.

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Monday 07/13/2015
Johnny returns to Aggieland
Updated: July 13, 2015 - 7:30 pm

Former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel returned to College Station for a public autograph signing session Sunday evening at Aggieland Outfitters on University Dr.

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Wednesday 07/08/2015
A&M men’s golf releases 2015-2016 schedule
Updated: July 08, 2015 - 7:36 pm

The release of the A&M men’s golf team schedule Monday afternoon revealed that the Aggies will kick off their 2015-2016 campaign this September. Their schedule sees them leaving the mainland United States.

A&M kicks off their season in Illinois, as they travel for the Fighting Illini invitational from Sept.18-20 in Olympia Fields Country Club. They then will make a trip to Valentine, Nebraska for the Jackrabbit Classic, which will be hosted by South Dakota State.

A trans-Atlantic trip is on the horizon as the Aggies head to Ireland in mid-October for the Irish Invitational. The final event for A&M in the fall will be a west coast trip to Carlsbad, California for the Gifford Collegiate.

After a nearly two month break during the winter, the season will fire back up when A&M heads to Jacksonville to play at TCP at Sawgrass for the Sea Best Invitational. Two weeks later, A&M will leave the mainland again to travel to the scenic island of Kauai, Hawaii for the John A. Burns Invitational.

The Aggies will take a road trip in March when they will set their sights on Lafayette, Louisiana for the Louisiana Classics Tournament. A&M will then head to the Grand Canyon State for the Desert Mountain Intercollegiate in Scottsdale, Arizona.

A&M will travel to the east coast a week later for two com- petitions. First, A&M will be in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for the General Hackler Championship at the Dunes Golf and Beach Club on March 12-13. A move south to the state of Florida will wrap up the Aggie road schedule, where they will compete in the Floridian Invi- tational which will be held in West Palm Beach from March 21-22.

Only one home event is scheduled for A&M all year, and it will take place in April. The Aggies return home for their final competition of the year — the Aggie Invitational at the Traditions Club on April 2-3.

After a long, well-traveled season, the SEC Championships will be held in Georgia at the Sea Island Golf Club in St. Simons. Then, the NCAA regionals will be held at various host campus sites from May 16-18.

This year, a team will be awarded the national title in Eugene, Oregon at the Eugene Country Club from May 27-June 1. 

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Henry, Bratton take home three gold medals for USA in University Games
Updated: July 08, 2015 - 8:24 pm

Every two years, the University Games are held all around the world. This year in Gwangju, South Korea, Texas A&M is represented by four swimmers, as well as by head coach Steve Bult- man. Senior Sarah Henry (USA), freshman Lisa Bratton (USA), and sophomore Franko Jonker (South Africa) and Sycerika McMahon (Ireland) are the Aggies who were selected to participate in the games from July 4-11.

So far, the Aggies have garnered a combined three gold medals — two of which were awarded to Sarah Henry.

To kick off the games, Henry struck her first gold with a win in the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:38.88. It was a come- back effort for her as she trailed the leader by .69 seconds going into the final leg, the freestyle. Henry stormed back to defeat Barbora Zavadova of the Czech Republic by two seconds.

Lisa Bratton, the freshman who had already broken records in her first season, was up next and she did not disappoint. Bratton earned the second Aggie gold medal of the games in the 200 meter backstroke. She trailed for most of the race, but in the final 50 meters she caught fire and left everyone be- hind to complete a lifetime best of 2:09.31.

On day three, Henry came through with her second gold medal of the games in a Team USA 800 meter freestyle relay. She earned the medal after help- ing her team to the fastest qualifiers from the prelims. However, she did not swim in the final, where Team USA won with a time of 7:53.88.

Other Aggies have competed at a high level as well. Franko Jonker and Sycerika McMahon both advanced into the semifinals of the 100 meter breaststroke, but both could not advance to the final, coming in sixth and eighth respectively. Jonker also went to the 200 meter breaststroke semifinals after winning her preliminary heat. However she was even faster in the semis, but did not advance to the final.

Also competing is former Aggie all-American diver Cameron McLean, who represents his home country of Canada at these games. He placed seventh in the men’s seven meter springboard with a score of 337.90, and placed 18th in the men’s three meter springboard dive. 

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