COLLEGE STATION, Texas- Texas A&M head football coach Mike Sherman is looking to add two coaches to his staff for the Maroon & White Game presented by Melrose StudentSuites™ and Allstate on April 19 at Kyle Field; however, he is limiting his search to the student body.
“I told the student sections at a men’s basketball game that this is their team,” Sherman said. “This football team belongs to Texas A&M, and Texas A&M belongs to the students. We are going to have the team choose two students – one for maroon team, one for white team – that will serve as honorary coaches and get to meet the team and do some fun things surrounding the spring game.”
Starting Monday, April 7, Texas A&M students can log onto AggieAthletics.com and submit a video clip of him or herself showing why he or she should be selected as one of the special student coaches. Video clips are to be no longer than 2 minutes in length and not to exceed 200 MB.
“I think this will be a lot of fun for the students and the players,” Sherman said. “I think we are going to get some pretty entertaining stuff from the students, and by the end of spring practice, I am sure the players will be tired of hearing me talk. I am not aware of anyone else around the country doing anything like this, so I think it’s going to be a lot of fun, which is what we have planned for the whole Maroon and White Game weekend.”
The two students who are selected will be invited to meet with Coach Sherman the week prior to the Maroon & White Game, as well as come to selected practices and meet the team they will be coaching. The student coaches will also give his or her respective team a pre-game talk and be on the sidelines in the coaches’ box throughout the spring game, interacting with coaches, player and staff.
The Maroon & White Game presented by Melrose StudentSuites™ and Allstate is free to all people college age and under. The day is designed to be a family-friendly, fan appreciation day. Festivities will begin at 10:45 a.m. with an autograph session with the team and coaches and last for approximately an hour-and-a-half. At 12:30, Director of Athletics Bill Byrne will deliver his annual State of the Aggies address at Rudder Theater, which seats 750 people. Admission is free, and seating is general admission on a first-come, first-served basis.
At 2 p.m., Texas A&M’s seventh-ranked softball team will take on Big 12 foe Kansas at the Aggie Softball Complex. At 3 p.m., Aggie Fan Zone on Joe Routt Blvd. behind the Zone at Kyle Field will open with festivities geared towards families and youth such as music, inflatable games, food, face-painting and more. Just as every game day, there is no charge for Aggie Fan Zone.
The Maroon & White Game presented by Melrose StudentSuites and Allstate will kick off at 6 p.m. and will feature a game-like scrimmage, situational scrimmage, a performance by the Aggie Band and other activities to be announced in the weeks leading up to the game. To cap off the day and night of festivities, a fireworks and audiovisual production is scheduled in stadium.