COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Like it or not, Texas A&M fans,
Dennis Franchione says he's not leaving any time soon.
Franchione today gave an emotional speech in an auditorium packed with his players. He said he has the support of athletics director Bill Byrne and has no intention of stepping down.
Franchione has been under fire for a blowout loss to Miami and
news of his secretive, for-pay newsletter to boosters.
A&M officials moved today's weekly news conference from the
usual small room to a large auditorium. The entire team filed into
the theater seats just before Franchione entered. He got a standing
ovation as he walked to the podium, with tears welling in his eyes.
Byrne, on a previously scheduled visit to Washington, D.C.,
released a statement that stopped short of an endorsement. He said
he won't discuss personnel matters when a head coach is in the
middle of a season.
Texas A&M plays Oklahoma State on Saturday at Kyle Field.
Franchione is 29-24 in five seasons leading the Aggies. He is
1-9 against Big 12 powers Texas, Oklahoma and Nebraska.