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08:23 AM ET 12.24 | Though he has stated publicly he has no plans to retire, 84-year-old Joe Paterno may not return to Penn State in 2011. If the rumblings are correct, Coach Paterno will lead Penn State in the Outback Bowl and then ride off into the retirement sunset. ... At least that's what multiple sources in and around the athletic department are saying, all of whom state very emphatically that the wheels have been set in motion for Paterno to step down gracefully following the bowl game and for the school to commence a national search for someone currently outside of the football program to replace the living legend. All point to significant health concerns as being the reason behind the rumored abdication of his Happy Valley throne.

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December 24, 2010  08:25 AM ET

I'll believe it when I see it

December 24, 2010  08:36 AM ET

I thought he had four more years.

December 24, 2010  08:39 AM ET

Interesting.....a bowl game where BOTH coaches who are major stars in the game ride off into the sunset.

And yes, I'll believe it when I see it as well, at least as far as Paterno's retirement is concerned.

December 24, 2010  08:46 AM ET

Say it isn't so Joe.........C'mon you're only 84.........

December 24, 2010  08:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I thought he had four more years.

He has 4 years of plays laid out for the replacement..........

December 24, 2010  09:03 AM ET

Urban Meyer will shake hands with JoePa, then promptly walk into the PSU locker room and introduce himself to his new players!

It could happen!

December 24, 2010  09:06 AM ET
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Urban Meyer will shake hands with JoePa, then promptly walk into the PSU locker room and introduce himself to his new players! It could happen!

PR, yes it could happen!! I heard Urban had a fight with his wife last night. There goes that "Spending more time with his Family" thing. LOL.

December 24, 2010  09:12 AM ET

Wow now this is a T & R headline to sink your teeth into. Get that Buckeye **** out of the headlines. I sat there all last night trying to watch the Navy SDSU game and the Emphatically Stupid Pathetic Network kept running that G0d damn ticker with the Buckeye players all effing night. Jesus was it a long day or what???

December 24, 2010  09:15 AM ET
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Wow now this is a T & R headline to sink your teeth into. Get that Buckeye **** out of the headlines. I sat there all last night trying to watch the Navy SDSU game and the Emphatically Stupid Pathetic Network kept running that G0d damn ticker with the Buckeye players all effing night. Jesus was it a long day or what???

The media loves a good beat down....Don't they?

December 24, 2010  09:16 AM ET

JoePa has earned the right to retire without the Urbie bs that will be going on.

December 24, 2010  09:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Wow now this is a T & R headline to sink your teeth into. Get that Buckeye **** out of the headlines. I sat there all last night trying to watch the Navy SDSU game and the Emphatically Stupid Pathetic Network kept running that G0d damn ticker with the Buckeye players all effing night. Jesus was it a long day or what???

Buckeyeboy, since you brought up the Ohio State story, what is your take on it?

December 24, 2010  09:22 AM ET

I feel for you, BB. All we got on the talk radio here in Arky yesterday was the same story regurgitated over and over again by 15 different morons and thier weak assessments of whether the NCAA was fair, is the Sugar Bowl tainted, do the distractions help Arkansas, etc. It's not my school, but I was SICK of hearing about it, too.

BTW, did you see Mark May's comments? He call the Big 10 the sacred cow of the NCAA (along w/ Pac 10) and stated that if the same thing happened Ryan Mallett would miss the Sugar. He said NCAA has a history of suupporting those conferences and more harshly penalizing the SEC........don't guess he's ever heard of a guy named Cam Newton......

December 24, 2010  09:24 AM ET
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and more harshly penalizing the SEC........don't guess he's ever heard of a guy named Cam Newton......

I live in Alabama, and i'm a Bama fan. All the aubies around have informed me that Cam did nothing wrong just to clear that up for you.

December 24, 2010  09:26 AM ET
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Buckeyeboy, since you brought up the Ohio State story, what is your take on it?

Timer, I am ambivalent. Really. I am pissed on one hand but then on another hand I look at it in simple terms and think, hell they did not do something wrong. Think for a moment. Some one gives you a gift. It is your property. Does that mean you cannot sell it? My daughter checked ebay last night for the items that were listed. They were selling for as much as twice what these kids sold their stuff for.
If you are a student athlete and you have a used laptop that your mom and dad gave you. Can you sell it? Of course you can, so why can't you sell these things to make ends meet. Posey and Herron are from very poor families. Pryor less so.
I think the part that people are beating Ohio St up the most about is the fact that they get to play in the Sugar Bowl. The University defended it by saying that they had not done an adequate job of educating them on the rules regarding selling trinkets and the NCAA agreed that the school had not. This was a new rule by the way if you heard ESPN's report. The manual of rules makes the IRS blush.
So I am pissed that my schoold has been tarnished by this but then on the other hand I look at it as a very minor case. Not like Cam or even the Troy Smith incident where he took a $500 handshake from a booster. Everyone knows that is wrong.

December 24, 2010  09:32 AM ET
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I live in Alabama, and i'm a Bama fan. All the aubies around have informed me that Cam did nothing wrong just to clear that up for you.

Guilty by association..........

December 24, 2010  09:34 AM ET
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Guilty by association..........

Look at Madoff's F'd up family.............

December 24, 2010  09:34 AM ET
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Look at Madoff's F'd up family.............

Not that the kid should off himself or anything...........Just sayin

December 24, 2010  09:35 AM ET
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Timer, I am ambivalent. Really. I am pissed on one hand but then on another hand I look at it in simple terms and think, hell they did not do something wrong. Think for a moment. Some one gives you a gift. It is your property. Does that mean you cannot sell it? My daughter checked ebay last night for the items that were listed. They were selling for as much as twice what these kids sold their stuff for. If you are a student athlete and you have a used laptop that your mom and dad gave you. Can you sell it? Of course you can, so why can't you sell these things to make ends meet. Posey and Herron are from very poor families. Pryor less so. I think the part that people are beating Ohio St up the most about is the fact that they get to play in the Sugar Bowl. The University defended it by saying that they had not done an adequate job of educating them on the rules regarding selling trinkets and the NCAA agreed that the school had not. This was a new rule by the way if you heard ESPN's report. The manual of rules makes the IRS blush. So I am pissed that my schoold has been tarnished by this but then on the other hand I look at it as a very minor case. Not like Cam or even the Troy Smith incident where he took a $500 handshake from a booster. Everyone knows that is wrong.

Just to get this straight....it isn't OK to use the defense "his Dad did it behind his back and neither he nor Auburn knew anything about it", but it is OK to say "They really didn't understand the rule". Wonder how that would have worked with Bush?

What you say about gifts is correct to a point....however, these are Student Athletes so some things are different. If the SCHOOL gives them something (and these were more awards than gifts), selling them gives the appearance that the SCHOOL is, in a way, giving them money. If these were allowed, then all the school, or booster, would have to do is give them a bunch of stuff and let them sell it on Ebay...kind of a convoluted payment system....

December 24, 2010  09:36 AM ET
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....In other news, who the hell does Craig "shed dad" James think he is talking about the whole situation and saying the players should be suspended immediately. What a complete hypocritical jack ****.La....

your's just now making this assesment of James'

 
December 24, 2010  09:38 AM ET
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you're just now making this assesment of James'

There fixed it......He should be banned from broadcastin CFB........Hell broadcasting in general...

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