Monday, October 20, 2014
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Young and the restless

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Despite a shaky start and a half-hearted effort, Penn State breezed past Temple, 45-3, yesterday. Both teams were battling injuries to their quarterbacks (bear with me). Temple lost starter Adam DiMichele early and thus any chances of knocking off a heavy favorite. The Lions lost coach Joe Paterno, the 81-year-old former quarterback, when he moved from the sidelines up to the coaches' box for the seconfd half to rest his achey, breaky legs.

Young and the restless

"Get that camera outtttaaaa heeeerrrre."
"Get that camera outtttaaaa heeeerrrre." CHRISTOPHER GARDNER / For The Inquirer

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Despite a shaky start and a half-hearted effort, Penn State breezed past Temple, 45-3, yesterday. Both teams were battling injuries to their quarterbacks (bear with me). Temple lost starter Adam DiMichele early and thus any chances of knocking off a heavy favorite. The Lions lost coach Joe Paterno, the 81-year-old former quarterback, when he moved from the sidelines up to the coaches' box for the seconfd half to rest his achey, breaky legs.

Paterno wasn't in the mood to discuss his leg woes and bristled at reporters. I sat directly across the coach in the front row at the press conference and I have never seen Joe as disheveled. He had trouble climbing the stairs onto the podium, his hair was a mess and he looked a tad delusional. He still delivered a few barbs at reporters. But it was not your usual Joe. By the way, Paterno once again became the all-time winningest Division I-A coach with 376 wins when Bobby Bowden and Florida State lost last night. Bowden is stuck at 375.

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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.

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