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Dallas Morning News: Why Aggies' experience could pay off during biggest matchups of upcoming football season
Ben Baby, Texas A&M beat writer for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, answered your questions about the team and the SEC in a recent live chat. Here are some highlights:
Athlon released its projected 2019 All-SEC teams this week. Braden Mann and Justin Madubuike were the only Aggies to make first team. Fair prediction?
Baby: I think that's pretty fair. Right now, those are A&M's two best players. The previous staff and the current one under Jimbo Fisher is very high on Madubuike, who could be a potential draft prospect after his redshirt junior season.
Dallas Morning News: As attendance dwindles, how soon could Texas A&M ditch its neutral-site game vs. Arkansas at AT&T Stadium?
Texas A&M player is tackled by Arkansas Razorbacks defensive back Kevin Richardson II (30) and defensive back Santos Ramirez (9) during the fourth quarter of an NCAA football game between Texas A&M and Arkansas on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (Ashley Landis/The Dallas Morning News)
ESPN.com: Sources: Texas A&M hiring Ole Miss AD Bjork
Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork is expected to become the next athletic director at Texas A&M, sources confirmed to ESPN Thursday night.
The Dallas Morning News was the first to report the news.
Bjork, 46, served as Ole Miss' athletic director for the last seven years and replaces Scott Woodward, who left for the same role at LSU in April.
Bjork endured an up-and-down tenure in Oxford. While Ole Miss' football program rose to national prominence by going 19-7 over the 2014 and 2015 seasons, the Rebels would later have to vacate 33 football wins over six seasons between 2010 and 2016 for fielding ineligible players.
Fansided: Texas A&M football would be dream team to use in NCAA Football 20
I'm something of an NCAA Football legend. Well, at least in my house. My online record in the game back in the day would stack up to just about anyone's. If only I could find the damn thing online somewhere...anyways. Suffice it to say I know what works in the game having spent countless hours playing it and neglecting my school work (Stay in school, kids). Some of the most fun times I had in my gaming life was using Johnny Football with Texas A&M football. He was as unstoppable in that game as he was in real life.
Fansided: Texas A&M football: Biggest needs from 2020 recruiting class
Jimbo Fisher has done a hell of a job recruiting since taking over as the head coach of Texas A&M football. He scrapped together a Top 20 class in the final hours of 2018 even with the uncertainty of a coaching change looming over the program -- he even stole a few Alabama recruits on signing day. In his first full cycle he brought in a Top 4 class and already has some elite names verbally committed in 2020.
There is one goal for the Aggie program -- to compete for and win titles, which they made crystal clear when Fisher was handed a National Championship plaque with the year missing.
Good Bull Hunting: Are beer sales in Kyle Field's future?
For as long as most of us can remember, beer sales at college sporting events have been taboo. The exact reason why is certainly up for debate, but that's been the commonly held believe for generations. But that stance has softened in recent years, with several major programs taking the dive into in-stadium beer and alcohol sales. The SEC is the only conference that bans alcohol sales for all member schools, but the pressure is mounting for that to change.
Nearly half of the nation's FBS programs sell alcohol throughout their stadiums, and the SEC may be close to allowing its schools to join the party https://t.
Fansided: Texas A&M football: Mike Elko finally signs official contract with a raise
One of the absolute, indisputably best hires of the 2018 offseason was when Jimbo Fisher, recently hired himself, selected his defensive coordinator. Although he had a top target in LSU's Dave Aranda, who subsequently was made the highest paid coordinator in the nation after Fisher's interest, Fisher's plan B turned out to be a pretty excellent move for Texas A&M football.
He got Mike Elko to leave Notre Dame and join the Aggies. Elko has been successful in every previous stop as a defensive coordinator, orchestrating a Top 50 defense in his final two years at Bowling Green, all three years at Wake Forest, for Notre Dame in one year and with Texas A&M in year one.
Good Bull Hunting: 2019 SEC Baseball Tournament: Ags Fall in Heartbreaker, Ole Miss Up Next
The game of baseball is so incredibly cruel sometimes. Freshman lefty Chris Weber carried a no-hitter through 7.1 innings, but he got literally no run support. The offense amassed two hits, with one coming on a Braden Shewmake double on the first pitch of the game. The second came with two outs in the following inning. Despite this, the Aggies loaded the bases in the sixth via two walks and a hit batter, only for Zach DeLoach to ground into an inning-ending 3-2-3 double play. Then in the bottom of the ninth, with two outs and a man aboard, Georgia's Cam Shepherd hit a 2-2 offering over the left field wall to walk it off.
Dallas Morning News: Texas A&M roster rankings, No.'s 10-6: Can these WRs become elite in 2019?
Texas A&M is loaded with young talent, as well as second- and third-year starters, even if the team isn't filled with many seniors.
There are a handful of sophomores who could make waves for the Aggies in 2019, while rising juniors are third- and fourth-year players with experience, and redshirt years.
SportsDay is taking a look at the top-15 players on Texas A&M's roster this week. Here's a look at Nos. 10-6:10. Dan Moore Jr. / junior / OL
After spending a full season as the Aggies' starting left tackle, Moore is primed to take a step forward in 2019.
Good Bull Hunting: 2019 SEC Baseball Tournament: Ags Advance, Georgia Up Next
Hoo boy, what an infuriatingly beautiful game that was yesterday. Asa Lacy was the definition of pure dominance through 4.1 innings, until things turned sour for the final inning and a third. The Ags blew a 3-0 lead, eventually falling behind 5-3. Mikey Hoehner cut the deficit to 5-4 with a solo shot in the eighth. Then Jonathan Ducoff aka JOHNNY DUKES swooped in to save the day, blasting this two-out, go-ahead, three-run WHAMMY to put the Ags back on top, 7-5:
We have a visual on the homer by @JDucoff.
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Watch: @SECNetwork #GigEm pic.
Fansided: Celebrate 100 days until Texas A&M football with 2019 hype video
Can you smell it? Can you taste it? Can you hear it? Can you feel it? Can you see it? It's the five senses of Texas A&M football comin' in hot. We're officially 100 days away from kickoff of the 2019 footbaw season in a home game against Texas State. No more triple digits!
The 2019 season is full of expectations. Maybe not to compete for a national championship just yet, but most Aggie fans will probably expect the team to get one or two marquis wins on the year. They will certainly have plenty of chances.
Fansided: Texas A&M football: Athlon Sports predicts Top 10 finish in 2019
Once Texas A&M football hired Jimbo Fisher away from Florida State, the hype train was full of passengers. I don't remember another program who had more "dark horse" predictions from the SEC going into the 2018 season. Several college football experts expected Fisher could take an above average, but not elite, roster and vault them to contender status if everything fell the right way.
Well, as it turns out, Fisher is human and the team went through its ups and downs in 2018. They ultimately finished 9-4 and any fan of the team being honest with themselves could feel good about the 2018 season and the future of the program.
Fansided: Texas A&M football: Anonymous coach has high praise for Jimbo Fisher
It's hard to realistically expect Jimbo Fisher to have done much better than he did in year one as head coach of Texas A&M football. He took over a team that finished 7-6, added Clemson -- which would go on to win the whole dang thing -- to their schedule, finished 9-4, beat LSU for the first time since joining the SEC, finished second in the SEC West for the first time and won their final four games after years of struggling in November.
The 2019 schedule doesn't get much easier. In fact, it gets astronomically harder.
ESPN.com: Teen's retrial set in slaying of mom, ex-A&M LB
HOUSTON -- A Texas teenager is set to be tried again on capital murder charges in the shooting deaths of his mother and his father, who was a standout linebacker for Texas A&M before having a short NFL career.
The Harris County district attorney's office says 19-year-old Antonio Armstrong Jr. is scheduled to go on trial Oct. 4.
A judge declared a mistrial in Armstrong's case in April after a jury failed to reach a unanimous decision on whether the then-16-year-old shot Antonio and Dawn Armstrong in 2016 inside their townhome. Prosecutors say they look forward to presenting the evidence to a new jury.
Dallas Morning News: Athlon projects top 25 finishes for Texas, Texas A&M in 2019, but can either finish ahead of Oklahoma?
More than seven months remain until a national champion is crowned for the 2019 college football season, but it's never too early to start imagining where each team will find itself when the confetti falls at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La., next January.
Athlon Sports wasted no time in that department, unveiling its projected end-of-the-season top 25 rankings Monday. To no surprise, several teams of interest in the D-FW area are tabbed as contenders for the 2019 season.
Texas, Texas A&M and Oklahoma all safely made the cut in Athlon's rankings, with none of the three projected to end the season lower than No.