Texas A&M's Bowl Preparation Goes On Through Turnover At Top

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SAN ANTONIO -- First, there was the sting and shock of Dennis Franchione's resignation. Then, the uncomfortable acceptance of Mike Sherman as his replacement.

In a tumultuous month of Texas A&M football, the Aggies have had
to start mentally preparing for a bowl game.

A&M plays Penn State in the Alamo Bowl on Saturday. It's the
last go-round for Franchione's staff - not to mention his first
recruiting class - before Sherman assumes control of the program
next week.

Defensive coordinator Gary Darnell is the interim coach. Sherman
has remained offensive coordinator of the Houston Texans, who
finish the season Sunday.

Darnell is a former head coach at Tennessee Tech and Western
Michigan. He says he has tried to keep things as familiar as
possible, and that gave the players a comfort level during the
awkward transition.