R. C. Slocum reported during the weekly Big 12 conference call among league coaches."> R. C. Slocum reported during the weekly Big 12 conference call among league coaches.">

Slocum: 'Tragedy' Besets Aggies Monday (UPDATED)

The Texas A&M football team is now contending with an unspecified "tragedy" that occurred early Monday morning, a somber head coach <B>R. C. Slocum </b>reported during the weekly Big 12 conference call among league coaches.

"We had a tragedy on the team this morning," Slocum said. "Out of respect for the family, because I haven't had a chance to talk to them yet, I won't go into details or give names. We'll have details later on today about the incident I am referring to."

Although unrelated, the incident occurred on the morning after nearly 5,000 attended an unofficial, off-campus "bonfire" that a student group organized throughout the year. Texas A&M officials canceled the annual tradition preceding the Texas game after the 1999 collapse of the structure killed 12 and injured 27.

Texas and Texas A&M meet for the 109th time in college football's third-oldest rivalry at 11 a.m. (CST, ABC) at Royal-Memorial Stadium.

UPDATE:

Aggie freshman defensive lineman Fails dies

Texas A&M freshman football player dies

Texas A&M Football Player Dies

Texas head coach Mack Brown released the following statement on the death earlier this morning of Texas A&M true freshman defensive lineman Brandon Fails: "Our hearts go out to the family, and to the Texas A&M staff and players. There is nothing anybody can say. We understand their pain."


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