Meineke Car Care Bowl Of Texas 2011: Texas A&M Trying To Play Through Distractions

A&M head coach Mike Sherman was unceremoniously fired by the school after an underwhelming 6-6 regular season, leaving interim head coach Tim DeRuyter the task of keeping the team focused as it prepares for a bowl game. The Aggies have yet to name a head coach for the 2012 season and beyond, and DeRuyter is not expected to have the interim tag removed by school officials. Despite the uncertainty, DeRuyter is optimistic about a focused effort against Northwestern:

“Really, it doesn't affect us,” he said. “We know what we have to do in this bowl game to win. I know what I have to do to get this team ready to go."

The Aggies have a lot of talent and they can be very explosive offensively, but whether or not they'll be able to put it all together in the face of this ongoing coaching search remains to be seen.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage, visit Northwestern blog Sippin' On Purple and Texas A&M blog I Am The 12th Man. For news and notes from around college football, visit SB Nation's NCAA football news hub.

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