Posted: 10:29 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014
By By Suzanne Halliburton
IRVING _ Happy New Year from the Cotton Bowl.
Coach Kevin Sumlin is allowing his players a 1 a.m. curfew to ring in 2013, although it’ll change to 11:30 p.m. Tuesday night.
Earlier Monday, the Aggie football team and coaches visited the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas. The players handed out beanies and autographed footballs to each of the young patients. Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, Sumlin and the Aggie team captains made in-room visits with individual patients.
Oklahoma players participated in the Lawry’s Beef Bowl Monday. It’ll be A&M’s turn Tuesday.
In other news:
A&M freshman receiver Thomas Johnson isn’t with the team this week in Dallas. Earlier this month, Sumlin announced that Johnson withdrew from school. His future at A&M is uncertain. He disappeared for three days in November, but was found by local police and the Texas Rangers in Dallas.
Aggie defensive coordinator Mark Snyder was asked Monday what moving to the SEC had meant to the program.
“I think it validated A&M I think, the branding of it to be honest with you,” Snyder said. “It was a lot like Oklahoma did years back when Bob (Stoops) got there. They started branding again. Same thing Urban (Meyer) did at Florida. Florida became a brand name and was able to go out nationally and recruit. I think those things are happening for us.”