Sports Illustrated’s latest off-the-wall prediction (December 26–January 2 issue, p. 83):
SWAN SONG After beating Florida State in Miami, Penn State’s Joe Paterno will turn the reins over to defensive coordinator Tom Bradley.
Primarily about Penn State football, this is a tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
Pete Hallman says
While this does, of course, go against everything Joe has said – he feels great, he still loves the job, etc., etc. – I believe that when he DOES decide to go, this is the way he’ll probably do it. No full season ‘Good-bye Tour’, accepting stuff from every damn team and making himself the center of attention. Whether it’s after this season, though……haven’t got a clue. And neither, I’m sure, does SI.
Would love to see him hang in a bit to possibly pass Bowden, but I don’t think it’s that big a deal to JoePa. Besides, Bowden’s 3 years younger and appears to be in pretty good shape himself, although the signs seem to indicate a slight downswing for the FSU program. Should we win the Orange, Joe’s still 5 wins back, and that’s a lot to make up in a 2 or 3 year time frame.
All-time leader or not, Bowden will never have the legacy Joe will. He’s in a class of his own, and always will be.
The Nittany Turkey says
Pete, you make great points. Frankly, I see no credibility difference between this SI prognostication and the assorted rumors we’ve been hearing for the past 10 years or so. I’m convinced that no one knows except Joe.
What I worry about is that after Joe’s departure, whenever that may be, PSU football will become just another Division I-A football program. What a pair of shoes to fill for his successor!