Cotton pickin' Aggies

For the 11th time in school history, Texas A&M will travel to Dallas on January 1, 2005 to play in the SBC Cotton Bowl. On Sunday Texas A&M Director of Athletics Bill Byrne and Aggie head football coach Dennis Franchione accepted the invitation from bowl chairman Gayle Earls. The Aggies will face the Volunteers from the University of Tennessee.

Franchione said, "We gladly accept the SBC Cotton Bowl invitation and look forward to a great game and wonderful hospitality in Dallas," Byrne added: "The Cotton Bowl has a tremendous history and with its location in the Metroplex, I am encouraged about how many Aggie fans will get the opportunity to attend the game and the festivities."

A&M's last Cotton Bowl appearance was in 1998 against No. 5 UCLA, when A&M lost 29-23. The Aggies went on to win their first and only Big 12 Championship that year.

Coach Fran commented on the game: "The SBC Cotton Bowl is rich in tradition and we look forward to going to Dallas. Tennessee is a great opponent and you have two tremendous schools with great followings, and both schools are steeped in tradition as well. I think this is going to be a great week for our players and our fans."

After an extremely disappointing 4-8 record in 2003, Franchione and the Aggies turned things around in remarkable fashion to post a 7-4 record this season.

A&M holds a 4-6 record in SBC Cotton Bowl games. This year's game is scheduled to kick off at 10 a.m. and will be televised nationally on FOX.
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