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JoePa's wife says her husband isn't sick

Posted on: December 28, 2010 10:37 am
 
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Yesterday a couple of Penn State players came forward to say that the rumors about Joe Paterno coaching his last game on New Year's Day in the Outback Bowl against Florida were false.  You would think that as players on the team, they might have an inclination if that were the case.  Of course, there's still somebody who would know better than the players, and that would be the woman who is married to Paterno, his wife Sue.

Well, much like the players, she denies the rumors.  In an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sue Paterno called the rumors "lies" and said that her husband's health "is just fine."  You'd think that would put an end to the speculation right there, but she did leave the window open a bit when she was asked directly whether or not her husband would be back on the Penn State sideline next season.

"We haven't talked about it," said Sue Paterno.

Her daughter, Mary Kay Hort, was then quick to add that the Outback Bowl is not Paterno's "planned last game."  Which is evident by the fact that back in November Paterno said he'd be coming back to coach in 2011 and finish out the final year of his contract. The possibility still remains that the school may ask Paterno to step down, and Sue Paterno did say that her husband is yet to talk to anyone at the school about returning next season.

Which just means that while everyone who would know can deny that Paterno is coaching his final game next week, the rumor will persist.
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 2:21 pm
 

JoePa's wife says her husband isn't sick

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Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2010 2:32 pm
 

JoePa's wife says her husband isn't sick

Good points, but really, are you saying Joe Pa was the big reason PSU was close to winning the whole thing 5 and 2 years ago?? Look at the talent and coaching infrastructure supporting him and the program. I concede his reputation assisted in recruiting, but the state of Pennsylvania is so talent-rich, being good isn't that hard



^^ pa high school football is not what it once was, while we are still a good state for h.s. football we are no longer great or even one of the top 4 or 5 states anymore. look at the teams that have won the nat champ over the last 5 or 6 years , were do u think the kids on them teams come from, very few from pa! also there is only 1 pa team ranked in the top 25 in high school football this year, just 1!!



Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: December 28, 2010 2:17 pm
 

JoePa's wife says her husband isn't sick

Maybe he is like me..just ill over this past season...yes, it was hard to stay positive,
but looking at brighter things in the future..it was hard to watch games..
Anyway, I am hoping he is alright and is able to coach the team next year, we should be really good for the next 3 years



Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: December 28, 2010 2:07 pm
 

JoePa's wife says her husband isn't sick

Good points, but really, are you saying Joe Pa was the big reason PSU was close to winning the whole thing 5 and 2 years ago?? Look at the talent and coaching infrastructure supporting him and the program. I concede his reputation assisted in recruiting, but the state of Pennsylvania is so talent-rich, being good isn't that hard..................



Since: Jan 26, 2007
Posted on: December 28, 2010 1:52 pm
 

JoePa's wife says her husband isn't sick

5 years ago?  Last year they were 11-2.   2 years ago, they were a bad loss at Iowa away from making the title game. 



Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: December 28, 2010 1:35 pm
 

JoePa's wife says her husband isn't sick

As I recall, when Penn State was struggling a few years back, they asked Paterno to step aside, or so the story went.  Paterno stayed.  That old man ain't going anywhere until he's damn good and ready. 



Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: December 28, 2010 1:18 pm
 

JoePa's wife says her husband isn't sick

The comments so far at very least maudlin, and the at worst plain dumb. There is no doubt that Joe has run a clean and strong Penn State program for his many years there, but should there be any question he needs to retire, and probably should have done so 5 years ago?? I am a big SU fan, and have enjoyed the Boeheim era (for the most part) for his 35 years there. However, he is getting closer to the day that the reins need to be handed over, before he stops being the head coach and just a figure head, with the assistants actually running the show.
Joe has been selfish to some degree, IMHO. He must realize this is becoming a somewhat comical situation for he and Penn State. Sorry if I upset anyone here, but Joe, thanks for the great work and memories, yet it's time to let a younger generation have a chance.............................

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Since: Jun 30, 2010
Posted on: December 28, 2010 1:09 pm
 

JoePa's wife says her husband isn't sick

Joe Paterno does not have perfect health which is evidenced by recent medical issues, a hearing problem, and some interaction which some might bring into question his mental facalties.  However, he has brought in young talent that will continue to get better and he should be allowed to finish out the last year of his contract.  Penn State should bring in an awesome coach in waiting to assume the head coaching position in 2012 as this is a premium job in the Big Ten.  There are some great professional and college current and prior head coaches that would quickly bring Penn State back to prominence with the in house talent which should be at worst an 8 and 4 team next year.  Excellent coaches will line up for this job with the only drawback following an icon in current times where no coach can ever have the seasons Paterno had as many victories transpired when Penn State had a weaker schedule in the 1970s and early 80's.  Bring in that excellent coach in waiting and he is not on the current staff.



Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: December 28, 2010 1:02 pm
 

JoePa's wife says her husband isn't sick

I can't help but have mixed feelings.  You can't help but love this guy.  Part of me wants to say he is one of few guys who goes out on his terms.  But, the university does have to care about it's future.  And, I'll never be convinced that recruiting is not harmed by him being there now that his final year of contract is upon us.  Nobody really thinks Penn St will sign him again.  So, how is the staff recruiting right now?

Unless they have a really, really, REALLY good shot at a National Championship next year or at least a Rose Bowl (which means they have to think they're going to be good enough not to lose more than 1 game), I think he should go out after this year. 

Joe Pa has always done what's best for Penn St and hopefully he will see that it's best if he leaves.

I will say there is part of me that would like to see him get what he deserves, which is a ceremony and ovation at every Big Ten stadium he goes to next year.

Something tells me that that is not his style though....

 

I never pull against the SEC (being a Kentucky fan) and rarely pull for Big Ten (despising Indiana as I do.)  But, this is one time I wouldn't mind seeing Joe Pa carried off on the shoulders of his players.....




Since: Nov 16, 2008
Posted on: December 28, 2010 12:02 pm
 

JoePa's wife says her husband isn't sick

Joe Paterno and his program are what is right about college football.  Paterno has done more for PSU on and off the field than anyone ever has or ever will do.  No one at the university should have the power to remove someone who has accomplished more than they ever will. 

The goal of NCAA D-1A football is purely profit seeking, often at the expense of the student atheletes and the reputation of the schools. Paterno has made more money for PSU than any other coach in history, but has stood by his standards that are sorely lacking from other schools and conferences.  Let's appreciate JoePa for his accomplishments and not bash him for getting old.   

The end is obviously near for JoePa.  Whether it is next week or a couple years it should be up to him when its time to go.  He has given his all to the university for over 7 decades.  The odds of a successor sniffing his success are slim.  We should enjoy watching a living legend, even if its at 80% of his former self. 



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