New look for Paterno

Coke-bottle lenses may be history.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Penn State coach Joe Paterno may not need his trademark thick-rimmed glasses anymore.

A team spokesman said yesterday that the 83-year-old Hall of Famer had vision surgery last month after the Capital One Bowl.

Paterno told Fight On State, a Web site that covers Penn State football, that he had been having trouble reading for the last six months, so he visited a Philadelphia eye doctor he had known for decades.

Paterno says he still feels funny without glasses, so he had a set made with similar frames but much thinner lenses.

The coach has long been known for pacing the sideline during games wearing rolled-up khakis and his Coke bottle-thick glasses.