Herring Strongly Denies He's Agreed To A&M

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas interim football coach Reggie Herring on Monday strongly denied a media report claiming that he has agreed to be Texas A&M's new defensive coordinator.

The Dallas Morning News ran a story in its Monday edition, citing an anonymous source who said that Herring has reached an agreement to join Mike Sherman's staff at Texas A&M.

"That is a misprint. That is a fallacy. That is a non-truth," Herring told The Morning News of Northwest Arkansas on Monday afternoon. "The fact of the matter is I'm talking to three schools. I don't know what the future holds.

"I haven't even talked to (Arkansas) coach (Bobby) Petrino yet or the new athletic director Jeff Long about my future. The fact of the matter is I'm wide-open."

Herring has been mentioned for several job openings over the past few weeks, including the defensive coordinator positions at Texas A&M and Georgia Tech, among other schools.

But Herring stressed Monday that he would like to meet with Petrino and Long after the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 1 to see if there is an option for him to remain at Arkansas as an assistant coach. He said he'll evaluate his options when the season is over.

"I have no idea where I am going," Herring said.

Herring has avoided talking about his future over the past month. He has insisted that he doesn't want his job status to be a distraction for Arkansas' players as they prepare to face No. 7 Missouri in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.

Herring was particularly disturbed by the Dallas Morning News report. The story stated that a Texas A&M spokesperson could not confirm whether Herring has agreed to a deal with the Aggies.

"It's not fair to our players getting ready for this bowl game. It's not fair to me and my family. And it's not fair to A&M," Herring said of the report. "... All I ask for is patience and fairness and to get an opportunity to figure out my future."

Herring was hired as Arkansas' defensive coordinator on Dec. 4, 2004, and he has shown over the past three years that he can evaluate talent and get his defenses to improve as the season progresses.

He was named the Razorbacks' interim coach immediately after Houston Nutt resigned Nov. 26 to accept the head coaching job at Ole Miss.

Several players told Long that they wanted Herring to be hired as their coach, and he was considered a dark-horse candidate to replace Nutt before Petrino was hired Dec. 11.

Petrino has already named two assistants to his coaching staff. Paul Petrino, his younger brother, has been hired as Arkansas' offensive coordinator. Current running backs coach Tim Horton has also been retained, though his title for next season has not been announced.

Sources close to the team said last Friday that Arkansas cornerbacks coach Bobby Allen is also expected to remain with the team.

Herring said Monday that he'd like to at least be considered for a position on Petrino's staff.

"I have yet to talk to Arkansas," Herring said. "What I'd like to do after the bowl game is visit with Jeff Long about my future."

Report: Arkansas and A&M Agree To Game Arkansas and Texas A&M are close to finalizing a deal to play a nonconference football series in the Dallas Cowboys' new stadium, according to a report in The Dallas Morning News on Monday.

Texas A&M athletic director Bill Byrne told the newspaper that the Aggies and Arkansas will each be guaranteed $5 million annually for the series, which will begin in 2009.

Byrne said the game will be played in late September each year, the newspaper reported. An Arkansas spokesperson could not reached for comment.

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