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Texas A&M athletics director Eric Hyman resigns


In a move no one saw coming, Texas A&M athletics director Eric Hyman resigned on Tuesday.

“I appreciate my time here at Texas A&M University and I am proud of our student-athletes’ achievements both on the field and in the classroom,” Hyman said in a statement, via the Houston Chronicle. “The best part of an AD’s job is forming wonderful relationships with student-athletes, colleagues, former students and Texas A&M has been no exception. I will always value my time here and the friendships I have made with Aggies. I wish Texas A&M University nothing but continued success.”

Hyman is the latest to join a group making a conga line out of College Station, following quarterbacks Kyler Murray and Kyle Allen and offensive coordinator Jake Spavital. Many believe this departure encircles embattled head coach Kevin Sumlin, though that may not necessarily be the case.

Hyman arrived in College Station shortly after the Aggies joined the SEC in 2012 and, well, stayed another four years. TexAgs, a fan site closely affiliated with the Aggies’ athletics department, wrote of Hyman in its official story, “However, he seemed to have a distant relationship with Aggie sports fans, who often complained he wasn’t approachable or visible. Fans on message boards and talk shows often wondered what he did to earn his seven-figure salary.”

And Hyman added to that perception when he was seemingly caught off guard by his own resignation earlier this week.

Texas A&M’s athletics director is leaving. Just how much of an impact that will have on the department as a whole remains to be seen.

Former Texas A&M QB Kyle Allen transferring to Houston

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Texas A&M’s loss appears to be Houston’s gain. Kyle Allen, who recently decided to leave Texas A&M and pursue other options, appears to be heading to Houston to join the American Athletic Conference champions and quarterback-whisperer Tom Herman. The Houston Chronicle reported the transfer news Tuesday.

Per NCAA transfer rules, Allen will be forced to sit out the 2016 season, but that suits Houston perfectly. Houston brings back dual-threat quarterback Greg Ward Jr. for his senior season next fall. This gives Allen a chance to sit a season and learn the Houston system while sitting out with a redshirt season. Then, in 2017, Allen will likely be primed and ready to take over the offense at Houston. Allen will still have two years of eligibility remaining with him for the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

Allen, a sophomore in 2015, passed for 2,210 yards and 17 touchdowns for the Aggies this season but opted to leave the program shortly before the bowl game. Texas A&M also lost Kyler Murray, who has just been reported to be heading to Oklahoma in 2016. Texas A&M will be welcoming former Sooners quarterback Trevor Knight to fill the vacancy at quarterback.

At Houston, Ward will continue to be Houston’s starter in 2016 after passing for 2,828 yards and 17 touchdowns and rushing for 1,108 yards and 21 touchdowns. With Ward leading the offense, Houston went 14-1 with the AAC championship and a victory over Florida State in the Peach Bowl.

The only question left to answer is whether or not Herman will still be the head coach at Houston by the time Allen is projected to get a chance to start in 2017. Herman continues to be an attractive name and another good showing in 2016 will keep him mentioned as a possibility for a number of opportunities to open up in the college football coaching world a year from now.

Yes sir, Texas A&M has a QB: Trevor Knight to transfer to Aggies from Oklahoma

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After seeing two quarterbacks transfer out of the program shortly before Texas A&M’s bowl game, the Aggies will reportedly add former Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight to the roster. Knight’s transfer to Texas A&M was reported by George Schroeder of USA Today, although it had long been expected the Aggies would be the program Knight joined after being given a release from his scholarship from Oklahoma.

Knight will be eligible to play for Texas A&M right away in 2016 as a graduate transfer. That is excellent news for Kevin Sumlin, because he is in dire need of a starting quarterback. Texas A&M lost Kyle Allen and Kyler Murray to transfers after both split time as a starter in 2015. The loss of two quarterbacks has led to growing criticism of Sumlin and the job he is doing at Texas A&M, but the addition of Knight should help ease some of the tension in College Station.

Knight taking on the role of starter should be pretty much a given in College Station given his past playing experience even though he ended up losing the starting job to Baker Mayfield, who was a former walk-on at Texas Tech who joined the Sooners this past year.

Knight appeared in just six games this past season, in which he completed 22 of 40 pass attempts for 305 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. In 2014 Knight was much more successful, leading Oklahoma with 2,300 passing yards and 14 touchdowns, but with 12 interceptions and a 56.6 completion percentage. Knight could be a natural fit in Texas A&M’s offense though as he brings a dual-threat game with him, which tends to do well under Sumlin at Texas A&M for at least half a season.

UPDATE (6:18 p.m.): Knight confirmed the transfer news on his Twitter account.

Kyler Murray impresses in first start as A&M holds off Gamecocks

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For those wondering and/or worried about the stage being too big for Kyler Murray, fret not.  Well, for one game, at least, you can be fret-free.

Knowing full well the kind of defense it came against, and armed with the knowledge of the dangers of over-projecting the initial success of a Texas A&M quarterback, the true freshman Murray was borderline stellar in the 35-28 win over South Carolina, using both his arms and his legs to show that the quarterback of the future is here in the present.  Before the season began, some observers said he had some of the traits that made Johnny Manziel a Heisman-winning quarterback in College Station; at least statistically, Murray was Johnny Football-esque in his first collegiate start.

All told, and going up a defense that’s 82nd nationally, Murray accounted for 379 yards of offense — 223 passing, 156 rushing — and one touchdown each running and throwing.  The yards rushing are the most for an Aggie quarterback since, you guessed it, Manziel put up 181 yards on the ground against Louisiana Tech in October of 2012.

Most importantly/impressively, Murray didn’t have a turnover via either an interception or a fumble.  It was interceptions, of course, that helped trigger a change from starter Kyle Allen to Murray — although a shoulder issue that’s not being discussed publicly could’ve played a role in that move as well.

The 544 yards of total offense served as a season-high total for the Aggies.  Somewhat concerning, though, were the 445 yards given up by the defense, although there were several key sacks as well as a pair of turnovers that helped offset the yardage allowed.  The red-zone defense needs some work, though, as USC, which came into the game with the worst offense inside the 20, scored on all three such possessions in the first half.

With the win, A&M is now bowl-eligible for the fifth straight year.

Kyler Murray to start at QB for A&M vs. Gamecocks

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Exit Kyle, enter Kyler?  That appears to be very much the case.

Earlier this week, and for the second straight year, A&M opened up an in-season quarterback competition because of the current state of the team in general and the position specifically. Three individuals have been given a shot throughout the week of practice at winning the job ahead of Saturday’s game against South Carolina: season-long starter Kyle Allen, burgeoning fan-favorite Kyler Murray and No. 3 Jake Hubenak.

While nothing is official from the football program, it appears there’s been an unofficial changing of the guard.

Murray was a four-star member of A&M’s most recent recruiting class, rated as the No. 5 dual-threat quarterback in the country. After a summer camp battle that was won by Allen, Murray has seen action in a handful of games, most notably in the opener against Arizona State in which he ran for 69 yards on six carries and passed for another 49. He’s attempted 31 passes this season, but just four the past four games.

For Allen, himself a five-star 2014 recruit, the demotion has been a couple of games in the making. After playing well the first five games of the season, all wins, the bottom’s dropped in back-to-back losses as Allen has thrown four interceptions — three returned for touchdowns vs. Alabama — and just one touchdown as he’s completed well under 50 percent of his passes.

UPDATED 4:51 p.m. ET: And it’s officially official — the Kyler Murray era, at least the starting phase, will commence in earnest this weekend.