Tuesday, September 1, 2015

They don't come for Joe

With national signing day tomorrow, I figured I'd check with recruits to see if Joe Paterno or his three-year contract extension had anything to do with their signing with Penn State. I did not. That's not really news. But in light of comments made by Paterno that the contract was announced to help recruiting, I can't help but think otherwise. Sure, it had to play some part. I'm starting to think it had more to do with Paterno and his people wanting the extension for the 82-year-old's own state of mind. Joe likes to play it cool as if he if he's above such nonsense. I doubt it. He wanted some security and as recruit Eric Shrive said, "To make people leave him alone."

They don't come for Joe

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With national signing day tomorrow, I figured I'd check with recruits to see if Joe Paterno or his three-year contract extension had anything to do with their signing with Penn State. I did not. That's not really news. But in light of comments made by Paterno that the contract was announced to help recruiting, I can't help but think otherwise. Sure, it had to play some part. I'm starting to think it had more to do with Paterno and his people wanting the extension for the 82-year-old's own state of mind. Joe likes to play it cool as if he if he's above such nonsense. I doubt it. He wanted some security and as recruit Eric Shrive said, "To make people leave him alone."

I don't plan on leaving him alone. That contract, with its 'both sides can shorten the deal" clause, is as flimsy as Penn State's schedule next season.

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Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 30 years, covering covering Penn State football, Villanova basketball and other college sports, along with golf and the Penn Relays. This is his seventh season on The Inquirer’s Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976-84.

Joining Joe this season will be Erin McCarthy, an intern for The Inquirer and a junior at Penn State majoring in print and digital journalism. This is Erin's first season on the Penn State football beat. She previously spent two summers as an Inquirer summer intern on the Pennsylvania and South Jersey desks. She is also an editor for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A Delaware County native, Erin graduated from Episcopal Academy.

Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

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