The Norman Transcript


July 27, 2009

NEW: Texas A--M highlights from Big 12 Media Days

Highlights from Texas A--M coach Mike Sherman's press conference at Big 12 Media Days Monday in Irving, Texas:

· On last season's struggles:

"When you have a transition, it's always tough. Last season was no exception to that.

"You know, right or wrong, we come in with our coaching staff or how we do things and are pretty demanding about doing it a certain way. It's awful tough on a group of seniors maybe that you didn't recruit. So we had a some transition issues."

· On having to rebuild while playing in the Big 12 South:

"I'm probably asked that question as much as any question, about coming into the Big 12 South. Did you know it was going to be this tough?

"I spend more time thinking about our team. I've always been that way. You can take care of business at home before you worry about other people's business."

· On the biggest improvement's he seen in the offseason:

"The biggest improvement I've seen is in the most important room on campus in my mind, is our locker room. I see a greater chemistry, a brotherhood, so to speak, a unity of being on a mission all together."

· On bolstering the depth at offensive line and linebacker for this season:

"I knew where we were and what we needed to improve. You know, we were at that time in the throes of recruiting linemen and linebackers to come in and help that group, a stimulus package of our own, so to speak."

-- John Shinn

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