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

Aggies coach to depart after dismal season

College Station, TX (Sports Network) – Texas A&M men’s basketball coach
Melvin Watkins announced Wednesday that he will resign at the end of the

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

“I’m grateful for the opportunity the university gave me, but it’s time to
move on,” Watkins said. “I’m proud of the young men on this team. I regret
that we weren’t able to enjoy more success this year, but I feel confident
that we have built a solid foundation for the future of the program.”

In six seasons with the Aggies, Watkins has compiled a 60-112 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. He 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.