Texas A&M Apologizes Over Student's Remarks About Paterno

SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ Texas A&M has apologized to Penn State after
one of the school's yell leaders mocked Joe Paterno by telling a
crowd that the 81-year-old coach needs ``a casket.''

Paterno and his Penn State team face A&M tomorrow night in the
Alamo Bowl.

During a pep rally last night, an Aggie yell leader told the
crowd that Paterno was ``on his death bed'' and ``someone needs to
find him a casket.'' The remarks drew boos from the crowd.

An A&M spokesman says he doesn't know the name of the yell
leader, thought the student has been sent home.

Paterno was backstage when the comments were made and says he
didn't hear them. He says ``some guy went up there, trying to be
funny. Maybe he's accurate, I don't know.''

Paterno has been Penn State's head coach since 1966.

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