WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- In the aftermath of Penn State's 20-6 win over Purdue, the victory and its overall meaning in the Nittany Lions' quest for greater glory seemed an afterthought compared to the health of Joe Paterno. The 81-year-old Penn State coach was forced to watch yesterday's game from the press box and afterward during his post-game interview looked a shell of himself. I doubt he'll coach from the sidelines the rest of the season.
Also, yesterday was the last meeting between Paterno and his good friend Joe Tiller, who will retire at season's end.