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Jim Myers' time as Texas A&M coach ended after the 1961 season, when the Aggies went 4-5-1.

There was pressure on coach Jim Myers to turn the program around. The team was unsettled at the quarterback position with John Erickson, Ronnie Brice and Jim Keller all getting snaps. A&M began the season with a 7-7 tie to Houston. The following week, A&M fell to LSU. A&M got its first SWC win since 1958 over Texas Tech behind the running of Jim Linnstaedter, who led the team with 58 yards and a touchdown pass. The team beat Trinity, 55-0, the next week. A&M blew a 14-6 lead on the road the next week and TCU scored nine unanswered to take the game, 15-14. Erickson threw for a touchdown and ran for another in a 23-0 win over Baylor, A&M’s first win at Kyle Field since 1959. However, the team lost an 8-7 lead late to Arkansas in a 15-8 setback. The Aggies split their next two, going into the finale against No. 5 Texas. A&M held UT scoreless in the first half, but fell 25-0. After the 4-5-1 season, A&M didn’t renew Myers' contract. "The new coach better have 42,000 personalities," he said at the time. "Because that's how many Aggie exes there are and they all think they know what's best for the school." The team pegged former A&M tight end Hank Foldberg, who had resurrected Wichita State's program, to lead Texas A&M.

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