Former Aggie won't take job as assistant basketball coach

Updated: August 4, 2003, 4:39 PM ET

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M basketball coach Melvin Watkins said Monday that former Dallas Carter High School coach Rob Wright, who was named to his staff last week, won't join the team because of medical reasons.

"We are disappointed Rob will be unable to join our staff," Watkins said. "Because of his situation, this is the best thing for him and his family at this time. We certainly support him and wish him well."

Wright was a guard on A&M's 1980 NCAA Sweet 16 team that had a 26-8 record, the most victories in school history. Wright compiled a 122-19 record in four seasons as a high school coach, and his 1995 Carter team had a 32-7 record and reached the Class 5A finals.

Wright, 45, was an associate head coach at George Washington under Tom Penders from 1998-2001. At A&M he was to replace Tom Billeter, who resigned to become head coach at Augustana College.

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