1965, Jerry Levias, playing for SMU, broke the color
barrier in the SWC. A&M's head football coach, Gene
Stallings, publicly announced that A&M was not yet ready
to integrate its football team.
the inhospitable atmosphere, African-Americans tried
out for the team, and in 1967 Samuel Williams and James
Reynolds became the first African-Americans to make
the squad. Other early players included Hugh McElroy,
Mike Bruton and Jerry Honore, the first football recruit.
1970s marked the beginning of a new era that changed
the face of football and athletics at the formerly all-white
A&M. By the spring of 1972, and under A&M's new
football coach Emory Bellard, the recruitment of African-American
football players began in earnest. Since the mid-1970s,
African-Americans have dominated A&M football and performed
least eight African-Americans have served as assistant
football coaches since 1982 when George Pugh became
the first African-American assistant football coach.