The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, August 31, 1992, Image 15

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< ^ u gust 31,1)) A&M Football '92 Igs ection D The Battalion Monday, August 31,1992 Aggies' time for stardom is now wernment > c clashes ‘Slami troops, spokesman si liers and re[ h of thecitj't report could, confirmed. 0 * si g nil igii -e-I si ami's f® er, Gulbudi Rabbani ai igreement. its the 4-m > expel a fom, militia from overnmentsa# nen from notj n absorbed 1 wants electic; as, but the e war-rava >e ready forv 0 ear. itists and exchani tages. Interfax, [\ stipulates ssian forces roads and o on links in Abl ave been a fit r armed Gam ters. ent Boris Yeltsi iiscuss the Ah vith Georg® evardnadze liament heai nba in Moscoi , i * Defensive lineman Eric England celebrates after a sack against TJlJl |SW Louisiana. England had 39 tackles and four sacks in 1991 Expectations soar as A&M looks to repeat By CHRIS WHITLEY Sports Editor of THE BATTALION # A naheim, Calif. - in the 238 days since Texas A&M's most successful football campaign in decades came to an ignominius end in a field of wet cotton, the rallying cry that kept the Aggie faithful going has been, "Wait until next year." Next year is now. With a load of players return ing from last year's Southwest Conference championship squad and one of the top recruiting class es in the country, the Aggies have been picked by most of the civi lized world to successfully defend the title this year. And there's even talk of the first national championship in College Station since 1939. After being tabbed seventh in the country in the Associated Press poll and surviving against Stanford in the Djsneyland Pigskin Classic last Wednesday, the Aggies have done nothing to convince people that they aren't a national power. After all, that is the master plan of A&M head coach R.C. Slocum. Since he took over as head coach in 1989, his mission has been to consistently end up at the top of the polls and at the top of the SWC, and to do it all with Texas recruits. So far, so good. "This year, I think we've taken another step," Slocum said about the program. "This summer, we've gotten considerable nation al recognition. When people this summer have talked about the good teams in the country, we've been included in that group. "That's something that I want the program to be like every year." However, several of the rea sons that Texas A&M's program has catapulted to national promi nence have gone to the greener pastures of the National Football League. Leading the list is their spiritual leader and producer of wins. Bucky Richardson left A&M as the winningest quarterback in school history and took his teams to two Cotton Bowls. Now that his career has taken him south to the Houston Oilers, how best to fill his shoes has been the biggest question mark of the new season. In spring practice, Slocum tried out four candidates and with great See Aggies/Page 2 i~ Last year’s SWC Defensive Newcomer of the Year Sam Adams had 35 tackles and five and a half sacks in 1991 as a freshman. i Page 1 of the largej f the conventt groups suchal >n Rights Actiol ), Women's Ao| MAC), and | jnization fo| hat participate! read “Goo! and George; oo d enough fo! tion legal" a ’ about Iraq I v of the nunierl ad one of th! of protester| s chanted d whistles to gel get their pro! :ross. not alone at tli en were protest! Brown ofHoui! minority of m party has i latform. It'sj it virtually merican [ agree with on this re." ■own, proteslA a sign that read,! tholic father ( rat even thong! atholics in Hous! rict anti-abortio! an noil Ulirc** 1 ^ unv. with her body! d he believes tli! / based its plat! 3 of only a few o: I Don't miss Fall Rush '92! It all begins with the Interfraternity Council's Fraternity Life Seminar. Come see why more and more Aggies are choosing to go Greek. All 28 IFC member fraternities will be present. You can talk to their representatives one on one. Wednesday, September 2 7:00 p.m., 225 MSC