Slocum featured speaker at QB Club’s final meeting

Published 1:33 am Sunday, November 15, 2009

SELMA — The Selma Quarterback Club closes out its 2009 season Monday night with the winningest coaching in Texas A&M football history.

R.C. Slocum spent 30 of the last 31 years serving Texas A&M and now he is a special adviser to the school’s president and works for the Texas A&M Foundation.

In 2006, Slocum was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. He also serves as president of the American Football Coaches Foundation.

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In addition to Slocum’s speech, Quarterback Club president Beau Boyd said special presentations will be made to special guests.

“Four local senior football players will receive scholarships,” Boyd said.

The Quarterback Club raises funds during the year for the scholarships.

Slocum has an 14-year Texas A&M coaching record of 123-47-2. He never had a losing record as head coach for the Aggies.

According to his Wikipedia entry, Slocum was a comfort to his players, who endured the 1999 Bonfire collapse and the 2002 unexpected death of freshman player Brandon Fails.

Slocum was the defensive coordinator at the University of Southern California under John Robinson in 1981. Slocum’s defense led the Pac-10 in total defense that season.

Slocum returned to A&M in 1982 and became defensive coordinator under Jackie Sherrill. In 1985, Slocum was named assistant head coach.

In December 1988, Slocum was named head coach at Texas A&M. He led the Aggies to become the first school in the Southwest Conference to post three consecutive perfect conference seasons. Slocum reached 100 wins faster than any other active coach.

He has the best winning percentage in SWC history. Slocum helped make A&M’s Kyle Field become one of the hardest places for opponents to play, losing only 12 games at home in 14 years.

For over a year, A&M held the longest home-winning streak in the nation, losing in 1989 and not again until late in 1995. In the 1990s, A&M lost only four times at Kyle Field.

More than 50 Texas A&M players were drafted into the NFL during Slocum’s career as head coach.

Slocum inherited an Aggie football program under severe NCAA sanctions, and cleaned it up quickly.