Cover Story: Rotten to the Corps

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Zach Corcoran loved Texas A&M University. His father, John, had graduated from the school and instilled an Aggie pride in his son.

Zach grew up attending A&M football games, and by the time his older brother enrolled at the university, the family had season tickets in the end zone. When it was Zach's turn to head off to college, he had only one choice.

"Growing up, I remember my dad always had on his A&M ring," Zach says. "I always thought, 'I'm going to have one of those one day.' I thought that was the coolest thing."

Zach arrived in College Station a happy man. Then, he met a couple members of the Corps of Cadets. The fight only lasted several minutes, but the cadets stomped Zach pretty good. He sustained permanent damage to his face and eyes.

John initially urged Zach to trust the university and allow the system to deliver justice. But two years have passed since the fight, and the Corcorans feel they have seen no justice from Texas A&M or the Brazos County criminal system. They have received few answers as to why the cadets have walked away from two prosecutions with no punishment.

John is now convinced the cadets have been protected by the university and the "Aggie network" that he says runs the justice system in Bryan and College Station. Zach knows the way power and influence work, and in College Station, he says, the Corps rules. Read about it in “Rotten to the Corps,” the cover story in this week’s Houston Press. – Paul Knight

Click here for photos of Zach Corcoran's injuries

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