WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- You go to the box and you feel shame. Joe Paterno is upstairs in the coaches' box instead of downstairs on the field as the Penn State-Purdue game started today. It's the second time this season that the 81-year-old Lions coach has been forced to coach from the box. He was up for the second half of the Temple game two weeks ago. Paterno injured his right leg in August just days before the opener.
Paterno walked out onto the field during pre-game warmups and moved very gingerly. He greeted his good friend and colleague, Joe Tiller, for ten minutes, and then limped to the end zone where he watched a few drills. It's probably the worst he's looked since the injury was revealed over two weeks ago.