** After the defections of two quarterbacks following last season, and subsequent heat on head coach Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M didn’t need the events of the past week.
** Assistant coaches Jim Turner (offensive line) and Jeff Banks (special teams, tight ends) have been suspended for two weeks without pay for “degrading comments toward women.” The remarks occurred in a slide show that was part of a fundraiser last Thursday (July 28). The program, an annual event, was entitled “Chalk Talk for Women,” and an attempt at humor failed in a parody of the Aggie War Hymn.
** Turner, Banks and Sumlin have apologized.
** Former Texas A&M linebacker Antonio Armstrong, a member of the famed “wrecking crew” defense of the mid-1990s, and his wife have been shot to death in Houston. Their 16-year-old son faces murder charges. It happened in the wee hours last weekend.
** Armstrong was a first-team All-American at Texas A&M; former coach R.C. Slocum called him “an outstanding player…and an even better person,” adding that Armstrong was “a joy to coach.”