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Thursday, January 6th, 2011

TEXAS A&M CONCLUDES BOWL PREPARATION

The No. 17 Texas A&M Aggies finished their preparations for the 75th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic on Thursday, wrapping the on-site practice week with a Thursday afternoon walkthrough at Cowboys Stadium. The Aggies, dressed in jerseys and shorts, went through a brisk one-hour practice.

After the walkthrough, Texas A&M Head Coach Mike Sherman had an opportunity to reflect back on his team’s Cotton Bowl Classic experience.

“We went to a bunch of different festivities and they were all equally rewarding, but I think the most rewarding was going to the Children’s Medical Center in Dallas and visiting with those kids and the parents,” Sherman said. “It was great to have an opportunity to give back this week as opposed to taking. We did a lot of taking and it gave us a chance to give back. We ended up taking something too because of the tremendous spirit of the hospital. The staff they’ve got is phenomenal and the work they do is incredible. It’s great to see those kids and put a smile on their face. I think that’s something that stays with them the rest of their lives and also just the team being together has brought us closer together. Hopefully that will bring dividends tomorrow as well as down the road.”

When Texas A&M (9-3, 6-2) squares off against the No. 11 LSU Tigers, it will mark the 50th matchup between the two teams. However, the 75th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic will also mark the first time the two teams have met since Texas A&M beat LSU in 1994.

“I think it adds a little more flavor, but the bottom line is once that ball is kicked off it’s one team trying to beat another team,” Sherman said. “We’re trying to get our 10th win. They’re trying to get their 11th win. We want to make our fans happy. They want to make their fans happy. Before the game, the fact that it’s the 75th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic and it’s the 50th time we will have played LSU. That’s all nice. But once the game’s kicked off, it’s winner-take-all and do what you have to do to win the football game.”

Earlier Thursday, the Aggies and the Tigers attended the AT&T Big Play Luncheon at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas.

Texas A&M will follow its normal night-before-game routine Thursday night, holding team fellowship at its hotel.

The 75th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic will kick off at 7:29 p.m. on Friday, January 7, 2010 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. For the 13th consecutive year, FOX will televise the Classic. Kenny Albert and former Dallas Cowboy fullback Daryl Johnston will serving as the game’s play-by-play and color analysts this year with Charles Davis and John Lynch as sideline reporters. Westwood One Radio Network will broadcast the game as well, marking the 19th consecutive year the network has been the radio home for the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.
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