Paterno talks Big Ten expansion, retirement

June, 16, 2009
6/16/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Penn State head coach Joe Paterno appeared on ESPN's "College Football Live" today and hit on several standard topics, including Big Ten expansion and how long he'll coach at Penn State.

Here are a few highlights in case you missed the show:

  • On Big Ten expansion: "The only thing I've had to do is I shoot my mouth off. I just think we ought to go to 12 [teams] because we ought to have a playoff, as some of the other conferences have. We sit around for a couple weeks after our season's over, and nobody even knows we exist. Everybody's watching the [SEC] championship. We played Southern Cal in the Rose Bowl. Southern Cal played two games after we played. If there's some way we could get ourselves where we're still in the scene."
  • On how long he'll coach at Penn State: "I feel great. I've had a couple tough years. I had a broken knee when the kid from Wisconsin ran into me [in 2006] and I was horsing around on the field [in August] and dislocated my hip doing some silly things too soon. But right now, I feel great. Went through spring practice with no problems, never used the [golf] cart. I'm enjoying it. I hate to get away from something I'm having a lot of fun doing."
  • On Bobby Bowden possibly losing 14 victories: "Bobby Bowden played with the kids he had, played against the people and they won the games. I don't think they should take those away from him. There's a lot of people involved in that situation down at Florida State. Whether Bobby was in the middle of it or not, that's got to be proved. Bobby's been a very honorable guy. He won 'em, he ought to keep 'em."  

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