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Paterno thinks BT still could move East

CHICAGO -- Penn State head coach Joe Paterno didn't offer many strong opinions about the Big Ten's big-ticket items on Monday.

He loves the addition of Nebraska, calling it a "real coup," but didn't say if he'd like Penn State to be in the same division as the Huskers. He's glad he doesn't have to determine divisions and will leave it up to Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany and his staff.

What about further Big Ten expansion?

"I think we ought to leave that in the hands of Jim and the people who are going around talking to different people," he said.

But if the league decides to expand, Paterno added, it should be in one direction only -- East. Paterno continued to advocate for more Eastern schools in the Big Ten, which would not benefit Penn State but the entire league.

He didn't mention specific schools but has talked in the past about Rutgers, Syracuse and Pittsburgh.

"I'd like to see some teams from the East," Paterno said. "When you see the Pac-10 comes in and has this [media] party in New York, you start to realize that the East, there may be some things that we can get in the Big Ten from our association with more than one piece and school that could help out."