Fiu's DAILY Cavalcade of
The Paterno Situation ... Dec. 26
Frank Costanza's Festivus Airing of the Grievances OR ... The obvious attempt to keep readers coming to the site on a
regular basis during the off-season.
What's your beef? ... Fire
This Week's Whimsies: Tuesday -
Holiday Wish List For All
Chizik, Gill, & the Race
If today's blurb
sucks, it’s not my fault
I'll likely coach
from the press box in the Rose Bowl as I'm recovering from hip
replacement surgery. More importantly, I'm trying to work my way through
a bout of Wii shoulder.
"Hey, I guess
they're right. Senior citizens, although slow and dangerous behind the
wheel, can still serve a purpose. I'll be right back. Don't you go dying
on me!" ...
Too much continues to be made about Joe Paterno's contract extension. As
if it's offending the sensibilities of some people that the guy is 82
years old and just signed a three-year extension. I was a guest on at
least 15 different radio shows over the last few weeks with hosts who
wanted to fire on the move from Penn State, as if Paterno was being
hired by Auburn or something.
Let's get a couple of things straight. First of all, Penn State is 11-1,
won the Big Ten title, and is playing USC in the Rose Bowl. Penn
State is 11-1, won the Big Ten title, and is playing USC in the Rose
Bowl. Any one of those three things would make for a successful
season by anyone's standards, and the Nittany Lions came within a last
second Iowa field goal from playing for the national title. This year,
Florida, Oklahoma, Texas and Texas Tech would be the only teams that
with Penn State, but Paterno should be gone just because he's old?!
It doesn't matter who the head coach you could come up with to replace
Paterno: 11-1, Big Ten title, Rose Bowl. If Paterno was 62 instead of
82, the extension wouldn't be a big deal and no one would be looking to
kick him out the door. So he's not a micro-manager. So? He's still
actively involved in the day-to-day operations and if nothing else, he's
the reason those players who are getting the job done are at Penn State.
Give credit where credit is due for getting the talent on campus in the
I talked to star WR Derrick Williams just after he came to Penn State
about the likelihood of finishing his career with a different head
coach, when he could've gone anywhere as one of the nation's top
recruits, but he wanted to go to Penn State for the school, and to play
for Paterno, even if it was going to be just a year. This summer, I
asked Williams, if he was surprised that his entire career would be
played with Paterno at the helm, and he said, "no, he's amazing. I
didn't really think about it as my career went on; he'll go on as long
as he wants to."
You never, ever, ever, screw with a streak.
Penn State has won 40 games in four years, and it can make it 41 with a
win over the Trojans. There have been four bowl wins in the last three
years, this will be the second BCS appearance in the last four, and over
the course of his career, Paterno has won nine of his last 11 bowls that
are now part of the BCS configuration including the 2006 Orange Bowl
over Florida State. Whomever follows Paterno will dream about pulling
off what the program has been able to do over the last four seasons.
As Big Daddy Kane once quipped, "eight to 80, dumb, cripple or crazy,"
doesn't matter how old Paterno is and how long he's going to be at Penn
State. If he's winning like this, keep the magic going as long as
possible. If he's losing, he gets the benefit of a couple of hundred
doubts and he gets to go out whenever he feels like it; he has earned
his stripes. This is his program, and Penn State is his school.
I got into a few arguments last week with people saying it's sort of sad
that Paterno is sticking around, especially considering his current
health status with a hip replacement. Who cares? If he wants to coach
from the press box, or at least lord over his assistants, then let him.
If he's in a vegetative state 15 years from no and all he can do is
blink in the signals, you let him still coach his program.
What else would you rather do when you're 82? Playing Wii bowling and
watching Matlock reruns gets old in a big hurry. Wouldn't you
want to spend your retirement years as the head coach of a major college
football powerhouse? How fun is that? Paterno still thinks it is, and so
do the Penn State fans who have enjoyed all the recent wins.