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Episode 080: The Indestructible Joe Paterno

Nate Bauer of Blue White Illustrated talks Paterno and Penn State

If you think hairline fractures will keep him away, think again! Photo credit: Getty Images

Joe Paterno has been through it all. A broken leg, a hip replacement, unflattering illnesses, bad knees and even a chipped tooth. So what’s the big deal about a pelvis injury and a right arm injury?

On Sunday college football’s all-time winning-est head coach at the FBS level was sent to the hospital after wide receiver Devon Smith plowed into the unsuspecting Paterno, sending the 84-year old icon to the ground during a practice session. The results from Mt. Nittany Medical Center revealed hairline fractures in Paterno’s pelvis and right arm, but that won’t stop him from getting back t0 the practice field as quickly as possible.

“I expect to be back at practice soon. I’m doing fine; tell everyone not to worry about me,” Paterno said in a release issued by the university athletic department Monday afternoon. “I like the effort I have seen from the squad during our first few practices, but we have a long way to go to get ready for the schedule we have.”

With no surgery required for Paterno, the team is expecting him to be released as early as today (Tuesday). How quickly he gets back to the practices is another question.

Penn State has already said they will reschedule their media day, which was originally scheduled for Thursday in Beaver Stadium.

In the meantime I decided to see if I could get the man who broke the story to join the podcast. I was thankful to hear that Nate Bauer of Blue White Illustrated (Rivals.com‘s Penn State site) was happy to stop by. In addition to getting an update on Paterno we also talk a bit about how the addition of Nebraska has impacted the recruiting scene in the Big Ten and for Penn State and take a look at the impact created by the loss of three players in recent weeks and more.

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About the Author

Kevin McGuire
Contributor to College Football Talk on NBCSports.com. Also a contributor to Athlon Sports and The Comeback. Member of Football Writers Association of America and National Football Foundation. Follow on Twitter @KevinOnCFB.
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