Wednesday , Mar , 10 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Aggies coach to depart after dismal season

College Station, TX (Sports Network) – Texas A&M coach Melvin Watkins will
announce his resignation on Wednesday, effective at the end of the season.

Texas A&M will play against Missouri on Thursday in a Big 12 Conference
Tournament opening-round game. Watkins will coach the squad that went 0-16 in
conference play and 7-20 overall.

In six seasons with the Aggies, Watkins compiled a 60-111 mark. He never won
more than 14 games in a season with Texas A&M.

Watkins did have success on the college level, leading Charlotte to NCAA
Tournament appearances in 1997 and 1998. Watkins still has three years left on
his contract. The Aggies and Watkins will most likely negotiate a settlement
after the season ends.

There have been some front-runners to take over the soon to be vacant
position. UTEP coach Billy Gillispie, Texas assistant Frank Haith and former
North Carolina coach Matt Doherty are names to keep an eye on.