Saturday is Senior Day at Beaver Stadium, and 18 players will be recognized prior to the start of the game against Michigan State. Of those one-and-a-half-dozen, only eight saw major playing time. Penn State’s coach, however, is not going anywhere, much to the chagrin of some JoePa critics.
Joe Paterno was adamant in his weekly press conference that he has no plans to leave. According to him, “We could be a pretty good football team next year,” Paterno said, “and I’d like to be part of it.”
He also added: “I’ve never indicated to anybody, including to myself, that I was not coming back. It’s always been in my mind that now is not the time to go. We have a good young team. We’re not quite there yet, but we will be soon. I have not thought about getting out of it. Hopefully, the good Lord keeps me healthy, and I can come back next year.”
Paterno is right. This year’s team is young. Hopefully they can take this “rebuilding year” and make some major strides next season.
Michigan State (10 in the BCS and 11 in AP) will be a perfect final exam for the season. The Nittany Lions get to play at home and show what they’ve learned this year. It won’t be easy to beat the Spartans, but it just *might* happen. If so, PSU would earn itself a decent bowl bid. When you think about it in perspective, that’s not too terrible for a team that had a true freshman and a walk-on battling for the starting job at QB.
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Written by Stephanie Geosits