Sherman bowing to A&M's history

October, 3, 2009
10/03/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin


ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman knows all about his school's legend of the 12th man.

Perhaps owing to tradition, Sherman arranged to have four students -- a freshman, sophomore, junior and senior -- accompany the team to tonight's game. The students rode on the team's bus from College Station on Friday, attended all of the team's pregame walk-through practices and meals and will be on the sidelines for tonight's game.

Texas A&M's 12th Man tradition was born at the 1922 Dixie Classic in Dallas when E. King Gill suited up and stood with his team along the sidelines after injuries depleted his depth.

Sherman hopes the tradition of bringing students to games in Arlington will be something that will continue, although he has one request.

"I hope I don't have to use them," Sherman said, chuckling.

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