Texas AM picks Turgeon

Wichita State coach Mark Turgeon is expected to be introduced Tuesday as Texas A&M’s basketball coach, according to a person close to the program who requested anonymity because the hiring hadn’t been announced.

Texas A&M called a news conference for Tuesday afternoon to announce a replacement for Billy Gillispie, who left the Aggies for Kentucky last week. Sports information director Alan Cannon declined to give any additional details about the news conference.

Sturgeon toured the Texas A&M campus on Monday and then returned to Wichita State, where he was to meet with his team late Monday night.

The expected hiring of Sturgeon had previously been reported by other media.

The Houston Chronicle, citing three people with knowledge of the deal, said the school had reached an agreement with Turgeon.


The scoreboard inside Reed Arena at Texas A&M on Monday flashed "Welcome to Aggieland Mark and Ann Turgeon," according to the Bryan-College Station Eagle and the San Antonio Express-News.

Wichita State senior Matt Braeuer told The Wichita Eagle before the meeting with the coach that he and teammates were under the impression that Turgeon is leaving.

"That’s basically what I’ve heard," Braeuer said. "No coaches have told us anything. (But) from a few other sources, from what I’ve heard, it’s a done deal."

The 42-year-old Turgeon has been at Wichita State for seven seasons, leading the Shockers to the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament in 2006 as a No. 7 seed.

Turgeon is 128-90 since arriving at Wichita State in 1999. The Shockers finished 17-14 and sixth in the Missouri Valley Conference this past season. Turgeon also has served as an assistant coach at Kansas under Larry Brown and Roy Williams.

Gillispie turned Texas A&M into a Big 12 power in just three seasons. He went 70-26 with a team that was 7-21 the season before he arrived, including 0-16 in the conference play.

He was offered a new contract and raise to stay with the Aggies, but turned it down to replace Tubby Smith at Kentucky.

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