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JoePa on no NCAA violations: "Maybe we're lucky"

Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:26 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2011 7:31 pm
CHICAGO – Earlier this month, did a five-part series on cheating in college football. Among our findings was that Penn State and BYU are the only two schools that have won Associated Press national championships without receiving a major infraction in the history of either football program.

The secret to Penn State’s success?

“Oh boy,” Penn State coach Joe Paterno said. “Maybe we’re lucky.

“What the good Lord said: ‘don’t be the first one to cast the rock.’ I preach all the time. I tell our alumni all the time. Stay out of it. We try to keep them informed as to what they can do legally, what they can’t do legally.”

Paterno said he uses the philosophy that he learned from former Penn State coach Rip Engle – yes, there was another head coach at Penn State besides Paterno.

“He used to say when I’d come back all upset, maybe I was trying to recruit some hot shot, and lost him,” Paterno said. “He would say, ‘Hey Joe don’t worry about the guys we lose. Only make sure who you bring in here belongs here and they’re coming here for the right reasons.’

“That’s probably something that I preach all the time to the staff.”

Paterno said it’s “nice to know we haven’t had a major violation. I’m proud of that. I’m not going around gloating about it.”

Paterno also said the way student-athletes are dealt with has changed drastically throughout the years.

“The old days when I first started to coach, I lived four blocks off the campus,” Paterno said. “I used to get a telephone call from one of the campus cops. He would say ‘Hey coach, you better come up here and get a hold of Mike. Too much to drink, making a lot of noise.’ ”

Paterno said he’d get up at 2 a.m. to go get the player and then have the player up at 5 a.m. to “run his rear end off for a week. But you guys [the media] never heard about it.”

“Every once in a while I hear one of these guys that I know a little bit about when they were 19 and 20,” Paterno said. “I’m talking about all the kids today, they ought to go back and read Socrates. Socrates 400 years B.C. said ‘The kids today are terrible tyrants. They don’t pay attention.’  That’s 2,500 years ago, OK?

“Anyway, I’m shooting my mouth off too much.”


Since: Nov 11, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 5:23 pm

JoePa on no NCAA violations: 'Maybe we're lucky'

JoePa on no NCAA violations: "Maybe we're lucky"

Lucky that no one found out.   Now we know.  

Since: Jan 5, 2011
Posted on: August 8, 2011 7:13 pm

JoePa on no NCAA violations: 'Maybe we're lucky'

they've broken rules i guarantee it. Just have they done it to such an extent that they've gotten investigated, well not quite. Everyone is on this board talking like this is the perfect football team like they're all saints none of them sin. BULL. EVERY SINGLE TEAM in college football and others cheats. Every team hasn't gotten caught but every team breaks the rules. Penn St. has done it i guarantee it, they just haven't done it to the extent of getting caught. Still though great accomplishment.

Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: August 1, 2011 7:40 pm

JoePa on no NCAA violations: 'Maybe we're lucky'

The entire college FB world should get down on their knees and say thank you to this lovable old man.  I actually got to shake his hand and shoot the bull with him down at MSU a couple years ago.  He's a stand up guy hope he doesn't pull a "bear" on us when he retires.

Since: Jul 19, 2011
Posted on: August 1, 2011 1:39 pm
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Since: Nov 6, 2008
Posted on: August 1, 2011 9:52 am

JoePa on no NCAA violations: 'Maybe we're lucky'

i watched the big ten media days and as usual, Joe Pa was a real treat! as an alum for a league rival school, you normally wouldn't take a stand of pride with this much magnitude for another coach but Joe Pa is more than just another coach. this guy is classic, 1st class and a man's man. keep it up Joe! the world's not ready to see you go!

Since: Jan 26, 2010
Posted on: August 1, 2011 9:34 am

JoePa on no NCAA violations: 'Maybe we're lucky'

Interesting you didn't go back to 1990 or 1980 or are a pinhead as Joe IS the best of college football today. When Joe retires I know I and many others could care less about this sport that is slowly becoming more and more corupt like the wicked NFL.  God Blees Joe and Penn State for being one of,  if not the last school to have a positive, innocent, traditional program.

Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2011 4:35 pm

JoePa on no NCAA violations: 'Maybe we're lucky'

i was wrong 25 is the answer, interesting you didnt go back to the year 2000, penn state was 26-33 those years, i bowl game , they lost!!!!wow, theres why you didn't go back any further, you should run for a a political office, telling half truths you'd win in a landside!!!!

Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2011 4:25 pm

JoePa on no NCAA violations: 'Maybe we're lucky'

how many of those 58 wins were out of conference, i'll bet 30

Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2011 2:49 pm

JoePa on no NCAA violations: 'Maybe we're lucky'

Of course he is 58-19 since 2005 with his worst season coming last year. 4 bowl wins in 6 tries finishing in the top 10 3x and the top 25 every time except last season. He might be more of a figure head right now but those are still good numbers no matter where you sit and 2 of those seasons he had them within in legitimate National Championship hopes ...

Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2011 2:42 pm

JoePa on no NCAA violations: 'Maybe we're lucky'

You are probably right, they will do a bit better at football once he is gone. But he more than makes up for it in other areas and what he does for the univeristy. There is more than football in life and he is still doing quite well. A stand up individual.

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