Tag:Joe Paterno
Posted on: January 23, 2012 3:51 pm
Edited on: January 23, 2012 4:01 pm

Paterno almost took Patriots job in 1973

Paterno didn't take the New England job (Newspaperarchives.com).

By Josh Katzowitz

As we try to wrap our heads around the flip-flop University of Oregon coach Chip Kelly has pulled in the past 24 hours and the death of Joe Paterno, all of that reminded Sports Illustrated’s Peter King about a flip-flop perpetrated by the longtime Penn State coach almost 30 years ago.

After turning down a chance to coach the Steelers in 1969*, which led Pittsburgh to hire legend Chuck Noll, Paterno -- who also was a target for the Packers after he turned down the Steelers -- was offered the Patriots job in 1973. And he accepted it before eventually changing his mind and returning to Happy Valley, because, as King writes, “he reportedly was skittish over the shaky ownership and management of the team.”

As I looked at some old newspapers from January 1973, it’s interesting to read what happened between Paterno and the Patriots.

After leading the Nittany Lions to a 10-1 season in 1972, the Patriots offered Paterno a package worth $1.25 million over five years if he would take over the coaching and general manager duties in New England. He also would have been awarded stock in the team. After Penn State lost to Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl, he and Patriots president Billy Sullivan met for two days in New Orleans.

The one who didn’t want Paterno to take the job? His wife, Sue, who said she liked living in State College too much to leave.

At the time, Paterno -- who made about $30,000 a year -- said the offer “was as good as anyone was able to get out of professional football. Mr. Sullivan was disappointed but he agreed that what was best for me was best for the Patriots if pro football was not what I wanted.” Somehow, Chuck Fairbanks was not as sexy a hire.

As King writes, that didn’t discourage the Patriots from trying to hire Paterno again in 1982. But he turned down the job again, and that was it for NFL teams trying to convince Paterno to leave Penn State.

"The fact that I'm just not a football coach and a businessman is because of Penn State's approach to athletics, within the entire framework of the university," Paterno said in 1973. "I have had an opportunity to work with young people and have an influence on their lives. I think that was an overriding factor in my decision -- the fact that it is such a healthy atmosphere."

It’s unfortunate that when Paterno was ultimately fired from his job -- whether you believe Paterno shared blame in the Jerry Sandusky controversy -- the atmosphere in Happy Valley has been anything but healthy.

*If you want more info on the Steelers offering Paterno their job in 1969, click on this post provided by CBSSports.com's Ryan Wilson.

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Posted on: January 22, 2012 11:20 am
Edited on: January 22, 2012 4:57 pm

NFL weighs in on Joe Paterno's passing

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By Ryan Wilson

Legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno died Sunday morning. Below are reactions to Paterno's passing from NFL players, coaches, media, alumni and others connected to the league.

(You can follow this story as it develops here. See what Paterno's former players are saying here.)

Family statement on Joe Paterno, "He died as he lived. He fought hard until the end." - http://t.co/g5hylJg4
1/22/12 10:36 AM

Joe Paterno's former players respond to news of his death on Twitter - http://t.co/fpjbRvMD
1/22/12 11:33 AM

Sad it ended like this for Joe Paterno. Condolences to his family.
1/22/12 11:50 AM

Bill O'Brien Statement on the Passing of Joe Paterno: http://t.co/lhhfR47n
1/22/12 11:12 AM

Thanks Joe! Thank You! We are!
1/22/12 10:43 AM

More Posluszny: "Coach Paterno was not only one of the greatest coaches in any sport but he was a great man who did things the right way."
1/22/12 11:26 AM

theking1 (Justin King, Rams CB)
R.I.P Joe..thank you for helping shape me into man I am today..will always be missed..
1/22/12 10:31 AM

Reports say Joe Pa has passed and even history may say this day,but he died when they removed him as coach.I believe it was his reason 2live
1/22/12 10:39 AM

Bear Bryant died on Jan. 26, 1983, 28 days after his last game. Joe Paterno died on Jan. 22, 2012, 92 days after his last game.
1/22/12 11:41 AM

So sad to hear the news of Joe Pa's passing! What an impact he made on college football! Many prayers for the family
1/22/12 10:38 AM

Rip to Joe paterno. His Family and friends are in our prayers.
1/22/12 10:38 AM

It's crazy how ppl bringing up the scandal....respect that man 4 his accomplishments! #RIPJoePa
1/22/12 10:38 AM

R.I.P Joe Paterno many years at high success.. Legacy leads on!! Sendin my prayers to all friends an fam of the Paterno's
1/22/12 11:42 AM

RIP Joe Paterno. My daddy -Distinguished Alumni of PSU- was your biggest fan and supporter...I think my first words were "Joe Pa" ...
1/22/12 10:54 AM

RT @paulafaris R.I.P. Joe Paterno. Former PSU player Matt Millen just said on ESPN he probably died of a "broken heart".
1/22/12 10:51 AM

In talking to former PSU players re Paterno, all had expectation of a sharp decline once PSU football was no longer part of his life.
1/22/12 11:23 AM

R.I.P. Joe Paterno Joe Paterno has coached over 350 players who have signed contracts in the NFL. http://t.co/FVSKuVnP
1/22/12 11:04 AM

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Posted on: December 28, 2011 2:56 pm

Munchak: 'I have no interest' in Penn State job

Munchak has 'no interest' in following Paterno at PSU. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Earlier Wednesday, we passed along the report that Penn State's top choice to replace Joe Paterno was first-year Titans coach Mike Munchak. Penn State can't talk to him, though, because he's in the middle of a playoff run.

Not that it will really matter -- Munchak told Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean on Wednesday that he has "no interest" in taking over in State College.

"I love my alma mater, but I have no interest in being the head coach at Penn State,” Munchak said. "I never want to leave Tennessee. I have a great deal of respect for Penn State and I hope they find a great coach there. But I am happy where I'm at."

This shouldn't be an entirely surprising development: Munchak's a former Nittany Lion, but he's also been involved with the Titans and/or Oilers for nearly 30 years, first as a player and then as a coach.

Plus, the Penn State job isn't exactly an easy one: taking over for Paterno involves filling impossibly big shoes and simultaneously handle a nightmare situation involving former coach Jerry Sandusky that's guaranteed to remain in the national spotlight for a lengthy period of time.

Give credit to Munchak, though, for handling these rumors well -- the former Nittany Lion's being honest with the media while also managing to support his alma mater.

"I am set where I am at," Munchak said. "I am thrilled with what I am doing. I am not interested in the Penn State job. I am interested in what happens there, and I don’t want to distance myself from Penn State. But as far as the head coaching deal, I am. I would love to be involved in my alma mater. My point is I have no interest in being the head coach there."

With Munchak (somewhat officially) turning down Penn State, the university's search committee will now reportedly take a look at Packers quarterbacks coach Tom Clements.

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Posted on: December 17, 2011 12:05 am
Edited on: January 1, 2012 10:56 am

Did Packers QB coach interview at Penn State?

Tom Clements might or might not have interviewed for Penn State's football job Friday (US Presswire).By Josh Katzowitz

Packers quarterbacks coach Tom Clements, who has played a major role in the development of Aaron Rodgers, was reportedly interviewed Friday for the Penn State head coaching job, according to USA Today.

But ESPN Milwaukee writes that an NFL source says Clements, in fact, did NOT interview for the job.

"I’m not aware of any interview to take place today," Packers coach Mike McCarthy told reporters after practice Friday. "As far as if Tom was a candidate, I think he would be an outstanding candidate. I do not know what Penn State’s plans are. I’ve had zero communication with anybody from Penn State."

Also, a source told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, "There is no telephone interview or conversation that is scheduled between Tom and Penn State, there never has been one scheduled, nor is there anything scheduled in the foreseeable future."

Clements -- a former Notre Dame All-American and a Canadian Football League Hall of Famer who’s been a highly regarded NFL assistant -- was supposed to have been interviewed by acting athletic director Dave Joyner on the phone, according to USA Today. Yet, it seems highly unlikely that Clements would interview with Penn State without telling McCarthy first. 

Joyner also was to interview interim Nittany Lions coach Tom Bradley, though it’s hard to see Joyner continuing on with a former Joe Paterno assistant at the helm of the Penn State program. Joyner also has interviewed Jay Paterno, but the chances of him following in his father’s footsteps have to be less than zero.

Last week, Clements submitted his application to Penn State, though he declined to discuss his interest in the job. His players, former and current, had rave reviews for him, though.

"I would hire him in a second,” Brett Favre told USA Today.

Rodgers feels the same way. After Clements’ interest in the job surfaced, Rodgers said, "I don't want to see him leave, but if you look at that situation it's going to take a man with integrity to step in there and lead.”

"Tom has a great pedigree as a player, as a coach, as a teacher, as a human. He's a first-class individual.”

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Posted on: November 16, 2011 10:35 am
Edited on: November 16, 2011 6:23 pm

Casino fires Franco Harris for supporting Paterno

Posted by Will Brinson

Earlier this week, Steelers legend and Penn State alum Franco Harris came out and publicly ripped the Penn State Board of Trustees for firing Joe Paterno.

The decision to do so got Harris fired, as the Meadows Race Track and Casino decided to dump the Hall of Famer as an endorser.

"In light of the recent developments with Franco Harris regarding Joe Paterno’s dismissal, Franco and The Meadows have mutually decided to put their business relationship on hold at this time, while these matters are looked into further," the Meadows said in a statement.

It's a surprising turn of events, especially considering that this is, you know, a casino. It's not exactly the home of the moral high ground. Still, it seems that they probably recognized Harris Q-rating would take a hit.

More on Penn State scandal

"Now, everyone gets to interpret in their own way," Harris said recently. "That's what really bothers me: Joe did what was right for him to do. He forwarded the information to his superiors. That's the legal procedure at Penn State." 

According to a story posted Wednesday on WTAE.com, Harris' friends warned him that speaking out in support of Paterno would leave him susceptible to criticism from potential sponsors, but Harris said he was unconcerned. 

WTAE's Sally Wiggin reports that Harris will meet with Penn State University President Rodney Erickson and the Board of Trustees.

"I really want to get some answers," Harris said. "How do you justify the firing of Joe Paterno? And I want to know from the president, why aren't you rehiring Joe Paterno?"

Harris might be legally right to defend Paterno. We won't know that until the full legal proceedings in this matter are finished. But if Paterno could have stopped the terrible things that allegedly happened at Penn State from happening, there's really no moral ground to stand on.

Even the people who run a casino can see that.

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Posted on: November 10, 2011 10:03 pm
Edited on: November 10, 2011 10:05 pm

Joe Paterno offered Steelers job in 1969

$70,000 wasn't enough to lure Paterno to Pittsburgh. (US PRESSWIRE/Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

The abrupt end to Joe Paterno's 61-year coaching career at Penn State was national news Wednesday night. But 42 years ago, the winningest coach in Division I history almost left State College for Pittsburgh.

More on Paterno, Penn St

In 1969, a year after going 2-11-1 (and six years removed from their last winning season), the Rooney family offered Paterno $70,000 to coach the Steelers. It was $50,000 more than what the college paid Paterno at the time.

According to "Pittsburgh Steelers: The Complete Illustrated History," Paterno struggled with the decision before eventually declining the Rooney's offer to stay at Penn State.

"It was an awful lot of money, a fantastic offer," Paterno said at the time. "I'd never dreamed of making that much money. Then I started thinking about what I wanted to do. I had put some things out of whack. I haven't done the job I set out to do at Penn State."

The Steelers had to settle for one of Don Shula's assistants down in Miami. Some guy named Chuck Noll, who went on to coach in Pittsburgh for 23 years and led the Steelers to four Super Bowl titles. He retired in 1991 with a 209-156-1 record, and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993.

"Hiring Chuck Noll was the best decision we ever made," Dan Rooney said in the book.

Bill Cowher succeeded Noll and coached in Pittsburgh from 1992 to 2006, winning one Super Bowl in 2005. Mike Tomlin was hired in 2007, after Cowher retired, and the Steelers made two Super Bowl appearances in his first four years (winning once in 2008).

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After a tough loss to the Ravens last week, the Pittsburgh Steelers hope to bounce back as they travel to Paul Brown Stadium to battle the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. Jason Horowitz is joined by NFL.com's Pat Kirwan to break down this game.

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