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#pounditMonday, December 4, 2023

Joe Paterno Goes All Godfather on Reporters About a BCS Berth

GodfatherPenn State may be 10-2 but their strong record is deceiving given the weak state of the Big Ten. Working against them is that they lost to Ohio State and Iowa at home, while both of those teams also finished 10-2 on the season. That’s going to make it difficult for the Nittany Lions to become the conference’s second BCS Bowl team behind Ohio State. Even if that’s the case, don’t expect Joe Paterno to get too fancy lobbying for his team to get into a BCS game:

“What do you want me to say?,” Paterno asked reporters outside Spartan Stadium. “Pick us. Maybe I could get on the phone and call somebody and say, ‘you owe me one,’ or ‘you might find a horse’s head in your bed’.”

They say Joe Pa doesn’t do too much coaching-wise these days, but whatever he doesn’t do Xs and Os-wise he makes up for with his funny quotes. It was prior to the Illinois game that Paterno messed around with a local reporter who was trying to do a story on Joe Suhey. Score one for the Italian from Brookyln.


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