Paterno also said there would be an "open competition" this week to determine the QB starter. Bad luck for those guys -- they have been seriously banged up this year. We'd better take advantage.
JoePa on B10 conf call: "If I had to make a guess," Bolden won't play
Also said that if he had to make a guess, Edison is crazy with this whole idea of a candle-less light source.
Though he did express optimism for movable print, while mentioning three or four times that Gutenberg made a poor drinking buddy.
Smithers, see if you can dig up Al Jolson.
it does seem to lend credibility to the rumor coming out of PSU that the coaches are in total disagreement on the program while JoePa has limited/no knowledge of day-to-day operations. the different voices saying he might, he might not, he's not, etc.
A good friend of mine is an alum and a huge PSU fan, and he says that the general opinion is exactly as you have described. The various assistants and coordinators are all fighting about the direction of the team and JoePa is completely out of it. He is basically a figure head who comes to practice and screams "outmeal! I need oatmeal, damn it. Now where did I park my horse?"
Wasn't he a starting quarterback for Paterno in the 1800's?
Paterno benched Edison in favor of an upstart named Alex Grahem Bell. Edison never saw anything more than mop-up duty. Of course, when this happened, fans called for JoePa's head, arguing that by this point, he was way too old to make important decisions for the team.
JoePa also remembers what it was like to wake up in the morning and resume his activities with the underground railroad. He may not be thinking too clearly anymore.
BLLLLLLLLLLLITZ the QB on saturday, GERG.
NAZI!!!!! YER A NAZI!!!!!
That would definitely be helpful for us. I wouldn't wish an injury on anyone, but I have no problem encouraging the team to take advantage of one.
Man PSU is falling apart, Paterno really needs to go. I mean him leaving has nothing to do with the injuries they have had but just watching them play and the interaction on the sidelines between JoePa and the other coaches is a shame to watch, almost comical. He kind of wanders around with no headset(probably the only coach in D1 football without one) and then he bickers with the red headed guy when a play doesnt work, and it seems like the guy just blows him off. I hear from people close to the program it is udder chaos behind closed doors, coaches fighting, Paterno never at meetings or practice and having no clue who some players are. He is more like a spokesperson than the actual coach. They need to get him a lazyboy and a cup of Tapioca Pudding and let him watch from the booth
Isn't one requirement of being a spokesperson the ability to, you know, speak?
tell that to Lou Holtz
Yeah, he's wandering around the sidelines, asking everybody where he is and if they know where he parked his car.
Is that the reason Silver Alerts keep popping up on my tv everytime PSU plays?
Udder chaos? Are the cows out of control?
I threw that in there because PSU is kind of on a farm and the place smells like Pig Shit
They did used to be the Agricultural College of Pennsylvania.
Wow, that was a depressing account of their current situation.
One, he is awesome. If you love old school at its best, you gotta love JoePa. Imagine how those classic uniforms would have been desecrated if they'd had the coaching turnover of a normal school. They're my second-favorite Big Ten team.
Two, as a Michigan fan, we have a pretty good record against JoePa -- why mess that up?
I just have this vision of Weekend at Bernie's when I think of JoePa now.
EDIT: my bad, did not scroll down. Great pic, great movie.
It's completely ridiculous but that redheaded guy (Mike McQueary, former PSU quarterback) serves as JoePa's headset. His in-game responsibility is to relay to Paterno what's being said and also relay comments back to the other coaches.
He also mentioned that if he could do it all over again, that he wouldn't of played Bernie in the hit movie "weekend at Bernies", which is also known as the Joe Pa movie.
My wife likes to bring up my lack of taste in movies by mentioning how i like watching this movie. The water skiing segment is classic.
yall wanna win out boobie in!
JoePa is a smart man and has definitely see a concussion or 100 in his coaching career. He will make the decision that best benefits the health of his young QB.
That aside, if we make a Sheridan type walk-on look like a Heisman candidate I will most likely have a seizure
lol wut you're so old
I bet he steals books from Brentanos and then claims he was "confused" when security busts him. Then he gets mad at his coaches when they don't say "hello" to him in the hallway/restroom/filmroom/etc.
I think this is all a clever smoke screen from PSU to confuse and confound our defense as to who is starting. It's too bad that we could really care less due to the fact that all 3 of their QB's suck. Have fun, crazies.
We cannot assume Penn State will not come out ready to play. We have to play a great first half in order to emotionally wear them down. Then we have to start the second half well in case they get their emotions back at half time. Next to the UConn game, this is our most important game of the year to continue to show the country, the conference, and recruits that we are on our way back. Go Blue!
Damn I loved that game
I'm morbidly curious about what would happen if someone asked Joe if he excpected Ki-Jana Carter or Zack Mills to play this weekend.
He would say Mills has not practiced this week and Carter is still a freshman and makes freshman mistakes, he has a bright future though
I used to know one of our football sideline ball boys. One year (either 1999 or 2000) he was the guy who worked the opposing sideline, so he got to see opposing coaches up close. When we were playing PSU, we were moving the ball pretty well offensively. At one point, a frustrated JoePa screamed "CONLAN! GET CONLAN IN THERE!"
Shane Conlan played LB at PSU in the 1980s.
Does anyone really know, and I mean really know, not just guessing or listening to internet rumors, how much control JoePa actually has these days?
I think the assumption has been for a while that he is merely a figurehead, but even a figurehead can give the pregame speeches, decide personnel issues, etc. Is there any actual indication that he has given this all up and his only role these days is simply to stand on the sidelines?
If he still has some control, I'd lean towards Bolden sitting, but every other sign seems to indicate that he's probable, and if it's up to someone else, I bet he plays.
Bolden failed some memory tests yesterday, so he is still feeling the aftereffects of a concussion. It's not about Paterno's authority or lack thereof; it's a medical decision.
I obviously haven't heard the conference call, and was under the impression that JoePa was just giving his opinion, which seems to contradict the official injury report that listed him as probable.
If he failed the memory tests that probably rules him out. Don't most guidelines mandate a week from demonstrable effects of a concussion?
FYI, I'm seeing in newspaper reports that he failed the memory tests on Sunday and will be retested today.
It's striking to me that Joe Pa sounds like an internet commentator and not like the guy charged with making the decision: "if I had to guess..."
Whether that's due to the contingency of Bolden's recovery progress or because Joe Pa's a thousand years old, who knows.
He almost certainly isn't the guy charged with making the decision. That guy is probably a doctor. If he's cleared, Paterno buts Bolden in. If not, then not.
Dantonio is no Moe. A bag of shit would have been more comparable in Mark's case.
is there any chance of him stepping down, ever?
Isn't Penn State famous for making some supposedly wonderful ice cream on campus?
Regardless, given their crappy injury situation and the situation with their ancient head coach and allegedly bickering staff, it makes it even more imperative for RR that we somehow manage to win this game. If PSU wins, the fallout will make the negative reaction to the MSU and Iowa games look like a birthday party for RR.
The university even offers the "Short Course," a three day seminar on how to make ice cream. I believe Ben and Jerry were in attendance at some point.
If I had to guess...I wouldn't want to be McGloin or Bolden. Either way they are going to get hammered.
If we manage to win by a single point it will be a notable achievement. The only people who are going to get hammered are the PSU and UM tailgaters.
Two reasons I want Paterno to stay as head coach. First, I've been watching him since the 80's when I was in high school. Second, if he's getting too old to coach, what am I getting too old to do?
anyone want to buy a "slightly used" tux?
Would be nice to face a qb in Big10 play this year who actually makes some errors.
Stanzi tried to give us a Rick-Six, but Kovacs, ever the gentleman, politely refused.
At least you can understand him unlike Holtz who's gig is to actually speak. Gameday is unwatchable for me as I literally want to throw a shoe at my 50" plasma.
I am going to cackle with knowing glee if Kevin Newsome wins that competition.
Bolden was recently overheard saying, "If I had to make a guess, JoePa will be the coach."
....and all he has made the program into, he CAN'T be making too many big-time decisions right now.
As the program has been increasingly respectable the last few years again, his interviews show us an elderly man increasingly losing the ability to be coherant.
If I was a recruit I would really wonder about the future of the program. I would hope the staff reassures recruits that the Assistant and position coaches are really running things. Maybe there is even assurances that, if need be, there is a plan in place to replace him.
I do love the throwback stlye JoePa has fostered there. Basic unis and helmets, no names, no stickers, no logo. Hardnosed, fundamental football.
That being said, let's go out and plant another QB on the bench right next to Bolden. Go Blue!
JoePa can relate with this guy:
These Joe Pa putdowns on this thread are just flat out not funny and they are very disrespectful of a great coach who represents the Big 10 conference pretty well with the class he always shows. I love the guy. Keep trying to be funny people, you might want to pick a tougher target tho- we know, he's old. So what. He's also a great man. Our culture is messed up when being old is a bad thing. I know that's the state of our sad country, but seems it would be kept off of here.