Friday, April 11, 2008

Joe Paterno: Coach Without a Contract

Joe Paterno better enjoy the contract he currently has with Penn State because it is going to be his last.

That much was made clear Thursday when university president Graham Spainer issued a statement about Paterno's future. You can read the full statement by clicking here.

In short, Spanier said that when Paterno's contract runs out after the 2008 season, he won't be getting another. But that doesn't mean he won't be back coaching in 2009. In other words, there are many ways to interpret Spanier's statement. And they are reading it differently in all corners of the Keystone State:

Bob Flounders, Patriot-News: It would appear that Paterno has gotten his wish and will continue to operate on a handshake deal.

Bernard Fernandez, Philadelphia Daily News: For Paterno to survive beyond 2008, it could well be that he needs to pull another 12-1 rabbit out of his hat, take the Lions to a BCS bowl and scrub away the taint of the recent arrests and suspensions of some of his players.

Jeff McLane, Philadelphia Inquirer: Could Paterno's uncertain future impact recruiting? In one case, it already has.

Jeff Rice, Centre Daily Times: Welcome to Happy Valley, the home of the non-stories.

Thanks to Kevin of We Are Penn State.

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