TEXAS A&M INTERIM PRESIDENT DR. ED DAVIS:
“I have asked Bill Byrne and the athletic department, as well as our NCAA compliance officer, to urgently look into the matter of the VIP email list to insure there are no violations of NCAA rules or regulations.”
TEXAS A&M DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS BILL BYRNE:
“I want to reinforce to members of the media and to our outstanding Aggie fans, I will not discuss matters pertaining to head coaches during their seasons.
Everyone who knows me, and that includes our coaching staff, understands my goals and expectations.
I look forward to working with Coach Fran as our head football coach as we get ready to BTHO of Oklahoma State.
In regard to the VIP email list, we are gathering all of the information and we will release it in its entirety as soon as we possibly can.”
TEXAS A&M HEAD FOOTBALL COACH DENNIS FRANCHIONE:
“The last few days have produced many rumors and some misguided speculation about my status as head football coach at Texas A&M. I thought it would be helpful to address this issue today by making a statement to clear the air and leave no doubt about my intentions and status concerning this job.
Bill Byrne, as my boss and the athletic director, has affirmed me in every way, and has left no doubt that he has confidence in me and has every intention to help me succeed in building this football program, and for that I am deeply grateful.
I have no intention of resigning this position. I love this job, I love these players, I love this University, and my desire is to remain here and elevate this program to the highest level. We have a great nucleus already in place to accomplish these goals. I am confident we can get the job done.
With Bill Byrne’s affirmation of my role here, and my commitment to the program, there is no more need to discuss this matter. My job is simply to coach these young men and to do the very best that they are capable of doing every Saturday on the football field. Nothing more, nothing less. I do not intend to discuss this matter further. As far as I am concerned, it’s time to press on and get back to the business at hand.”