Texas A&M names former coach RC Slocum as interim athletic director during search for Ross Bjork’s replacement

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Former Texas A&M coach RC Slocum will serve as the university’s interim athletic director while the Aggies search for Ross Bjork’s replacement, the school announced Monday. Bjork is set to depart on February 1 for the same assignment at Ohio State.

Slocum, 79, led the Texas A&M football program to win 123 games from 1989-2002. This will be his second term as Texas A&M’s interim athletic director. He took on the role in 2019 when the university transferred from Scott Woodward to Björk.

“Coach Slocum has been a champion for Texas A&M on and off the field for more than 50 years,” Texas A&M President Mark A. Welsh III said in a statement from the university. “His passion for this university, knowledge of Aggie athletics and commitment to the success of our student-athletes are second to none, and I am grateful for his willingness to once again step into this role.”

Slocum spent the better part of three decades as a member of Texas A&M’s coaching staff from the early 1970s until his resignation as coach after the 2002 season. He initially served as an assistant for the Aggies from 1972–80 and again from 1982–88 – spending most of that period as defensive coordinator.

Slocum is the winningest coach in Texas A&M history. He guided the Aggies to three consecutive Southwest Conference championships from 1991–93 and later to the Big 12 Championship in 1998, Texas A&M’s most recent conference title to date. The Aggies went undefeated under his watch in 1994, posting a 10–0–1 record, but were ineligible for the Southwest Conference title and postseason play due to NCAA sanctions.

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