Former Texas A&M Football Coach RC Slocum Heads Up Athletic Department as Interim AD During Aggies' Search
In a move sure to please most Texas A&M football fans and Aggies familiar with the athletic program, former football coach RC Slocum has been named interim AD for the Aggies while they conduct a search for a candidate to replace Ross Bjork. Slocum previously served as the interim AD after Scott Woodward's departure, which culminated in the original hire of Bjork.
Slocum was the original architect of the now-legendary "Wrecking Crew" defense for Texas A&M football that terrorized the Southwest Conference for most of the 90s. He led the Aggies to their last conference championship in the sport, over Kansas State in 1998, and coached the Aggies for 14 seasons.
Coach Slocum, as it happens, was the last coach from the defensive side of the ball that the Aggies hired prior to their current head man. Franchione, Sherman, Sumlin, and Fisher were all offensive coaches of this or that stripe; Slocum and Elko bookend those four, and Aggie fans hope that the latter can rise to and exceed the success of the former when all is said and done.
As the press release notes, Coach Slocum coached that entire span without ever having a season below 0.500. Though his departure came on less-than-ideal terms, he has remained a treasured member of the Aggie family for a long time and has been close to the program for a while, often showing up at Kyle Field for games.
I doubt coach Slocum will be having to make any heavy-hitting decisions during his time in the AD chair, but this is a comforting presence for many Aggie fans to have around the athletic programs. He knows the university, and the culture around the athletic department. He may not be asked to blaze any trails, but his input and presence are valued by Aggies everywhere.