Thursday, March 11, 2010
A&M seniors crank out record 99th win
By Jeff Caplan
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Texas A&M's quarterfinal victory over Nebraska goes down as win No. 99 for the senior class, a program record.
Last year's senior class, which comprised Josh Carter, reached 98 wins, a tally started under former coach Billy Gillispie.
This year's seniors include All-Big 12 first-teamer Donald Sloan, starting forward Bryan Davis, injured starter Derrick Roland -- all three hail from the Dallas area -- plus Shawn Schepel and Chris Chapman. This group will be the second consecutive class to advance to the NCAA Tournament in all four years. This season will give the program an unprecedented fifth consecutive trip.
Sloan said the continued success legitimizes the program after many felt it would falter after players such as Acie Law, Dominique Kirk and Joseph Jones left, as well as Gillispie, left the program.
"It means a lot," Sloan said. "The last four years hasn't always been pretty, not by any means, but now we don't have to share it with anybody."
The group will go for an even 100 in Friday's quarterfinal against top-seeded Kansas at 6 p.m. That's an average of 25 wins a season. Win or lose to the Jayhawks, the seniors can extend the record some more next week.
Just how impressive is that for a once down-and-out program? Consider this from a long-time employee of the athletic department: "It used to take us a decade to get to 100 wins."