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PSU captain: No truth to JoePa speculation

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08:30 AM ET 12.27 | On Sunday at an Outback Bowl welcome dinner, two Penn State captains dismissed reports of 84-year-old coach Joe Paterno retiring after the game. Paterno, who recently said he intends to return for the 2011 season, spoke only briefly at the dinner and didn't address the reports, but fifth-year senior receiver and team captain Brett Brackett denied them. Brackett said Paterno hasn't addressed the rumors with the team. "There's been a few things that have been said, but we're around Coach every day," Brackett said. "There's no truth to these rumors at all. ... Nobody understands how hands-on he really is, so we really know what Coach does."

St. Petersburg Times

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December 27, 2010  08:41 AM ET

Too old to "step" down or anywhere else...but he is still there!

December 27, 2010  09:16 AM ET

For everything that Joe has done for that university (which goes far beyond football contributions and national titles), he deserves to DIE as the head coach if that is his wish.

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December 27, 2010  09:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

...and coach from the beyond via seance with Todd Blackledge as his medium.

Now that's creative HM...like my grandmother telling me she would haunt me from her grave every time I thought of doing anything wrong! She does!

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December 27, 2010  09:40 AM ET

The administration is afraid to put him out to pasture fearing an alumnae backlash. Penn State is located in a very conservative area of the state and people are resistant to change.

December 27, 2010  09:43 AM ET

As I've said before, JoePa will coach until he is physically unable to do so. He'll never leave voluntarily.

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December 27, 2010  09:53 AM ET

JoePa should get a shot at Eddie Robinson's 408. Seven more wins to tie, and then the admin can ask him to step down. However, denying the (Really) Ol'd Ball Coach a shot at the record after 44 years would be a terrible injustice that would create a huge backlash.

December 27, 2010  09:54 AM ET
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The administration is afraid to put him out to pasture fearing an alumnae backlash. Penn State is located in a very conservative area of the state and people are resistant to change.

Um... no. It has nothing to do with "resistance to change" and everything to do with loyalty to JoePa.

December 27, 2010  09:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Um... no. It has nothing to do with "resistance to change" and everything to do with loyalty to JoePa.

+1.
The man is a living legend. Let JoePa decide!!

December 27, 2010  10:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Penn State is located in a very conservative area of the state and people are resistant to change.

"Change is good. You go first."

December 27, 2010  10:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

"Change is good. You go first."

Obviously. At least they don't have 84 year old cheer leaders....

December 27, 2010  10:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Obviously. At least they don't have 84 year old cheer leaders....

If they do, I withdraw my volunteering to coach the cheerleaders.

December 27, 2010  10:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

For everything that Joe has done for that university (which goes far beyond football contributions and national titles), he deserves to DIE as the head coach if that is his wish.

I disagree...

... it's a business and, if a coach is not being successful, then it's not inappropriate for a coach to step down or be removed.

In my view, it depends on the nature of the coach's performance.

As I've stated many times, we all have a fixed amount of time in our careers... at some point we all will retire.

In the case of a coach, it's time to go if they are unable to be successful in their profession any longer.

December 27, 2010  10:21 AM ET
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...and coach from the beyond via seance with Todd Blackledge as his medium.

What a mediocre QB in the NFL Blackledge was... in KC and Pittsburgh...

... not a good announcer either.

December 27, 2010  10:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

The administration is afraid to put him out to pasture fearing an alumnae backlash. Penn State is located in a very conservative area of the state and people are resistant to change.

... but, change happens, one way or the other.

December 27, 2010  10:23 AM ET
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As I've said before, JoePa will coach until he is physically unable to do so. He'll never leave voluntarily.

Quite unfortunate...

... remember Ali vs. Holmes and Jordan playing with the Wizards?

John Wooden may be the greatest coach of all time, and not just on the court.

He KNEW when to leave... never put himself (or the university) in a position to have this discussion.

 
December 27, 2010  10:24 AM ET
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... but, change happens, one way or the other.

A baby with a wet diaper likes change!

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