Monday, September 15, 2014
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Three Amigos: Paterno, Switzer and Johnson

LOS ANGELES -- Joe Paterno held his day-after, season-wrap up with the Penn State beat reporters this morning and just as it started, the bull session -- as Joe likes to refer to it -- was interrupted by two tan-looking fellas. Barry Switzer and Jimmie Johnson happened to be at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel, as well, and the two former coaches stopped by to say hello to a former nemesis.

Three Amigos: Paterno, Switzer and Johnson

LOS ANGELES -- Joe Paterno held his day-after, season-wrap up with the Penn State beat reporters this morning and just as it started, the bull session -- as Joe likes to refer to it -- was interrupted by two tan-looking fellas. Barry Switzer and Jimmie Johnson happened to be at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel, as well, and the two former coaches stopped by to say hello to a former nemesis.

Switzer and Paterno, despite the perception that they don't get along, are good friends. "To hell with them bastards," Switzer said to the 82-year-old Paterno, hopefully not referring to the reporters in the room (wink-wink). "Keep doing what you're doing."

Paterno was happy to see the coaches, who were in town because they did a BCS pre-game show. FOX studios are nearby. Paterno faced both coaches in national championship games, beating one and losing to the other. Penn State lost to Switzer's Oklahoma team in the 1985 Orange Bowl, 25-10. And the Lions upset Johnson's Miami team, 14-10, in the 1987 Fiesta Bowl to win their last national title.

It was a surreal scene. More in tomorrow's paper.

About this blog
Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 20 years, covering college sports, golf and the Penn Relays.

Joining Joe this season will be John Stuetz, an intern for The Inquirer and senior at Penn State majoring in print journalism and marketing. This is John's third season covering the Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A native of Glenside, Montgomery County, John graduated from Cheltenham High School.

For Joe, this will be his fifth season on the paper's Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976 to 1984.

Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

Joe Juliano Inquirer Staff Writer
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