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Friday, December 28, 2007

Nice job, Aggies

I mean that without being sarcastic.

The Texas A&M athletic leadership apologized to Penn State coach Joe Paterno for what one of the Aggies yell leaders said during an Alamo Bowl pep rally Thursday night in San Antonio.

The yell leader, who was sent home after his, um, interesting choice of words, told the crowd Paterno was "on his deathbed" and needed to "look for a casket."

I do believe political correctness has overpowered freedom of speech in this country, but there needs to be a line drawn over something like that.

Paterno is 81 years old. Most people that age aren't doing what he's doing. He also understands people in the public eye are going to have others take shots at them. He brushed off the comment in Friday's media sessions saying the yell leader was "trying to be funny."

We'll see who's laughing at the end of Saturday night's Alamo Bowl. You can see all The Times' sports staff, plus PGA Tour star David Toms, selections in Friday's editions.

(Hint, there are more Paterno fans than Aggies on the panel).


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