M apologized to Penn State after a student leader mocked Joe Paterno by telling a crowd that the 81-year-old coach needs ``a casket.''
M on Saturday night in the Alamo Bowl.
M yell leader, during a pep rally Thursday night, 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.
M team spokesman Alan Cannon said Friday he did not know the name of the yell leader, though the student has been sent home.
M's official ``spirit'' organization and lead fans' cheers during games and other school events. They are elected by the student body.
Paterno, at a news conference Friday at the Alamodome, said he was backstage with Aggies interim coach Gary Darnell when the comments were made, but did not hear them.
``I think everybody has to take things with a grain of salt,'' Paterno said. ``Some young guy went up there, trying to be funny. Maybe he's accurate, I don't know.''
M's interim president, Eddie Davis, and athletic director Bill Byrne later apologized to their Penn State counterparts.
``I honestly didn't hear it, and I don't particularly care about it,'' Paterno said Friday. ``Sticks and stones will break your bones but names will never hurt you.''
Paterno, a 42-year head-coaching veteran, is about to enter the last year of a four-year contract that expires following the 2008 season.

Recent NCAAF Discussions

MNF PLAY on Mon, Nov 2017 by JBoppa
Monday Night on Mon, Nov 2017 by JBoppa
MNF on Mon, Nov 2017 by BamaHater
Wyane Root for Jonorato on Mon, Nov 2017 by BamaHater

NCAAF Headlines

NCAAF Top Stories

Thumbnail College Football Week 13 Odds We have already arrived at the final full week of the regular season. Here is a look at the opening odds for Week 13of the College Football...
Thumbnail Utah vs. Washington Prediction Will the Washington Huskies cover as huge home favorites on Saturday night when they host fellow Pac-12 rival the Utah Utes at 10:30 p.m. ET?
Thumbnail Air Force vs. Boise State Pick Can Boise State roll to another big win in the Mountain West Conference tonight when it plays host to Air Force at...
Thumbnail Cal vs. Stanford Prediction Will the Stanford Cardinal cover as a double-digit home favorite tonight when it takes on the Cal Golden Bears at 8:00 p.m. ET? Let's dive into...
Thumbnail UCLA vs. USC Prediction Will the USC Trojans cover the point spread as a double-digit home favorite tonight when they host their in-state rivals the UCLA Bruins at 8:00 p.m....

NCAAF Team Pages