Shortly after being accidentally run over by one of his own players during a summer camp session and suffering injuries to his pelvis and shoulder, Joe Paterno was hopeful that he’d be back on the sidelines in short order.
The reality of both the coaching legend’s injuries and medical personnel’s opinions of said injuries, however, will likely set in come this Saturday for the opener — his mind-boggling 46th at Penn State.
While he’s none too pleased about the possibility, Paterno acknowledged Tuesday that he will likely be forced to handle his duties from the coaches box rather than his preferred spot on the sidelines when the Nittany Lions open the 2011 season against Indiana State. And, suffice to say, he’d likely rather conduct an online chat via Twitter than have a repeat of 2008, when he was forced to coach from the booth following hip replacement.
“I got some medical people who want me upstairs and I want to be downstairs,” Paterno said. “That being upstairs is for the birds. You just don’t see … I like to be on the sideline and get a feel for things and be able to grab a kid and tell him to do certain things.
“So, I’m going to try hard to be on the sideline. It’s probably 50-50 whether I’m going to do it this weekend or not.”
Speaking of 50-50, it appears that’s the current shape of Paterno’s quarterback situation as well. JoePa was not inclined to name a permanent starter at the position just yet, hinting only that sophomore Rob Bolden would likely get the start in the opener but that he and redshirt junior Matt McGloin would both play.
“I’m not a guy that likes to play two quarterbacks, but I think we’ll play both of them,” Paterno said. “They’re both ready to play. …
“Both the kids have done very well and they’re both going to play and we’ll see what happens from there. The quarterback situation is not one of my concerns right now. I think we got a good situation at quarterback.”