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Penn State player says there’s ‘no truth to these rumors’ that JoePa’s retiring

Joe Paterno

A couple of days ago, we addressed rumors that have been running rampant, that Joe Paterno would be stepping down as head coach following Penn State’s bowl game due to health concerns.

In response to the rumors, PSU Assistant Athletic Director/Communications Jeff Nelson wrote in an email to CFT that “Coach Paterno has already publicly stated his plan [is] to continue coaching and we have no comment on rumor or speculation to the contrary.”

Sunday, Coach Paterno’s players took up for their coach in the face of the rampant speculation.

“There’s been a few things that have been said, but we’re around Coach every day,” wide receiver Brett Brackett said. “There’s no truth to these rumors at all. We experience him every day. … Nobody understands how hands-on he really is, so we really know what Coach does, and when those rumors go around they more anger us than anything because we get to experience him every day.”

Anger is expected.  As is denial when he’s still a big part of their life.

It doesn’t, though, change the fact that there’s a very significant (financial) faction of the university that’s pushing hard for Paterno to step down sooner rather than later.  Right or wrong, that’s where Penn State is when it comes to their head football coach.

Here’s hoping that Coach Paterno has a graceful exit, whenever it may  be.  He deserves it.

Then again, so did Coach Bowden, come to think of it…

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5 Responses to “Penn State player says there’s ‘no truth to these rumors’ that JoePa’s retiring”
  1. ptb127 says: Dec 27, 2010 8:15 AM

    Why is JoePa giving the finger to this article?? I heard rampant rumors that after the bowl game he will be forced out.

  2. 78lion says: Dec 27, 2010 8:50 AM

    You claim “the fact that there’s a very significant (financial) faction of the university that’s pushing hard for Paterno to step down sooner rather than later” yet give no evidence of such. Why is that? You claim it as FACT. You claim it a VERY SIGNIFICANT FACTION yet no quotes from anyone.

    Are you really basing this on an anonymous email blasted out to thousands by someone without the nads to put name to it? That’s you source?

  3. edgy says: Dec 27, 2010 11:31 AM

    He’s going to have to deal with these rumors until he actually retires and his opponents will be using it more and more. I think it speaks more to the legacy that he built at Penn State that he can get good players to come to the school when they know that he could easily be gone in a few years.

  4. chief5675 says: Dec 27, 2010 12:54 PM

    The only thing that keeps this going is the fact that Bradley applied for the Pitt and Temple jobs. Would he really wait 36 years then leave when the end is in sight? He would if the rumor that Penn State would look nationally for a new coach is what he was told.
    The significant (financial) faction better have a lot more than the 500k they’re been ripping JoePa off with. Paterno might leave if he wins because he’d be leaving a very good team for next year and recruits are reportedly slower to sign on because he could be gone in 1 to 2 years. That would be him favoring PSU over himself. Staying would let him move up one more notch past Eddie Robinson-next year’s team will win 8-9 games. Hard to say what will happen since there are advantages both ways.

  5. tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle says: Dec 27, 2010 8:25 PM

    It should be noted that in the last report linked on here in regards to salary JoePa was listed as a base of 1.1 million, with no outside income data available. It is still a low number compared to some programs, but not as low as you guys are quoting.

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