Penn State coach Joe Paterno held his weekly teleconference today and, as usual, it was an eventful one (wish you could see my tongue planted firmly in cheek). Here are the highlights along with comments from yours truly:
1. Paterno confirmed that the suspended Maurice Evans and Abe Koroma returned to practice yesterday. He said he wasn't sure if they would practice the rest of the week. He also said later that the players could have practiced last week and that his decision this week wasn't based on how Judicial Affairs has handled the investigation. (Folks, don't worry. Joe is just playing his normal game with players in his doghouse. He's going to make Evans and Koroma sweat it out. Here's my prediction on how things will play out: They will dress Saturday, but not play. They won't start against Purdue, but will play late in the first half or sometime in the second half. They won't start the following week against Wisconsin, but will be part of the regular defensive line rotation. This is how it will play out for the rest of the season.)
2. Thinks Illinois quarterback Juice Williams is much better than he was last year. (No surprise there. He should have heard what Illini coach Ron Zook had to say about Penn State's quarterback position this year as opposed to last. Hint: It was a not-too-subtle shot at Anthony Morelli).
3. Wasn't pleased with his team's kick coverage against Temple. Gave credit to the Owls. (Illinois' Arrelious Benn is licking his chops).