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Franchione under fire again

September 26, 2007

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— Texas A&M coach Dennis Franchione says he's unaware of the latest round of criticism aimed at him after the Aggies' embarrassing loss to Miami.

A&M fell behind 31-0 and lost 34-17 on Thursday night, rekindling an outcry for Franchione's ouster from the school's impatient fan base on Internet message boards, radio call-in shows, even on campus. After the Miami game, a fraternity hung a bedsheet sign from a window that read, "Fire Fran."

Franchione insists he hasn't noticed any of it.

"I stay busy working, taking care of this program and doing everything I can with the players and coaches," he said Tuesday. "That's what I wrap my time up with. That's where my focus and attention needs to be."

The Aggies (3-1) will open Big 12 play against Baylor (3-1) on Saturday.

"I don't get myself too concerned when things are going really well and I don't get myself concerned about the other," Franchione said. "I try to stay focused on the things I have control over and do the best job I can for our team."

A&M is 28-24 since Franchione replaced R.C. Slocum before the 2003 season. His contract, which pays him about $2 million a year, runs through 2011.

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