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History doesn't favor lame-duck coaches for UT, A&M

Aggie's Franchione enters rivalry game with rumors surrounding his coaching status.

By Suzanne Halliburton
Thursday, November 22, 2007

No doubt, Texas-Texas A&M is one of the most significant rivalries in college football. For one Friday every late November, the game even trumps loyalty to families and friends based on whether someone's preferred hand sign hooks or gigs.

But tradition also suggests that the game's outcome rarely helps a potential lame duck coach fighting to keep his job.

That doesn't bode so well for A&M's Dennis Franchione, who may be coaching his final game as the leader of the Aggie football program.

In the past half-century, there have been a total of 12 coaching changes from both schools. Jackie Sherrill, who was forced out at A&M in 1988 because of NCAA issues, is the only coach from either team who won his final game against the archrival.