Everyone’s favorite great-grandfather, I mean, footbal coach made news again this week. Joe Paterno told reporters the other day that he prefers coaching from up in the booth, and may do so for the 2007 season. Paterno was forced up in the booth when he tore ligaments and broke his right leg during a collision last fall in a game. Paterno also had this gem during his interview.
“You’re really a cheerleader most of the time down on the sideline. … I enjoyed being upstairs, I really did. I sat down, had a nice time, had a cup of coffee. I felt like a newspaper guy. I was even able to watch television.”
This statement is just full of awesome-ness. First of all, I love to think of JoePa being a cheerleader for his 363 wins over 41 years as a head coach. I would not, however, ever like to think of him actually in a cheerleading uniform. Second, apparently, he “really” enjoyed being upstairs. Coaching from the sideline, as nearly every coach in the history of football has done, just isn’t enjoyable enough. Probably because coaches can’t get a cup of coffee on the sideline… or “watch television?”
As a Michigan fan, this news can’t make me any happier. Even in his old age, one would think he still knows some football. The fact that the coach with the second-most wins in NCAA football is upstairs during big defensive plays watching TV is just great news. When Penn State goes to the Big House on September 22nd, I have one suggestion for the Wolverine coaching staff…
Put the Golden Girls on in the visitor’s coaching booth! I hear JoePa has a big thing for Betty White.