Team preview: Texas A&M

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One of the first things Mike Sherman did when he took over as Aggies head coach in December 2007 was to install 24 digital clocks throughout the H.R. "Bum" Bright football complex. He put them in meeting rooms, locker rooms, training rooms, bathrooms, weight rooms -- everywhere an A&M player might find himself during the day.

The reason was simple. If you know the time, you have no excuse for being late.

If a meeting started at 7 a.m., the door to the meeting room was locked at 7 a.m.
Aggie players grumbled, but they got the message. And they should have given thanks -- though Sherman brought the punctuality emphasis from his days with the Green Bay Packers, he didn't bring Lombardi Time. Lombardi Time, named after the famous Packers coach, meant that if you arrived at 6:46 for a 7 a.m. meeting you weren't early you were late -- by a minute. And you got the famous Lombardi glare -- and, if you were lucky, only that.

Sherman isn't that much into totalitarianism, but that doesn't mean he's not trying to infuse the Aggies with discipline. Not to mention talent, and while he's at it, about three more wins a season.