Mark Turgeon to lead Aggies

Texas A&M Athletic Director Bill Byrne is expected to announce at a 3 p.m. press conference Tuesday that Mark Turgeon has been named the new men's head basketball coach at Texas A&M.

Turgeon, who has spent the last seven seasons as head coach at Wichita State, takes over the reigns of the A&M program from Billy Gillispie, who left Friday to take the head coaching job at Kentucky.

In his seven seasons at Wichita State, Turgeon turned a struggling Shocker team into a Sweet 16 program, with an overall record of 128-90. In 2006, he guided Wichita State to the Missouri Valley Conference championship, the program's first conference title in 23 years. Turgeon won more than 20 games for three consecutive seasons from 2004-2006.

After playing college ball for Kansas in the 1980s, Turgeon served as an assistant for the Jayhawks under Larry Brown and Roy Williams from 1987-92.

Turgeon spent Monday in College Station with his wife, Ann, touring the A&M campus and athletic facilities with Byrne.

According to a press release from Texas A&M, fans are encouraged to come to Reed Arena to watch the press conference live on the 12th Man video screens. Following the press conference, Bill Byrne will bring the new coach down to the floor of Reed Arena to introduce him to the fans.

The Aggie Dance Team, the basketball band Hullabaloo, along with the Yell Leaders and Reveille are expected to attend the event.
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