Paterno back in the press box

October, 25, 2008
10/25/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Penn State coach Joe Paterno just made his way into the visitors' coaching booth in the press box, where he will remain for the fourth consecutive game.

The 81-year-old Paterno used a cane but seemed to be moving much better than he was two weeks ago at Wisconsin. He cracked a smile as he saw a line of reporters waiting for his entrance, saying, "Geez, this looks like ..." before trailing off. Penn State linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden, who entered the booth with the other assistants ahead of Paterno, joked, "They're not waiting for us, right?"

Paterno is battling a hip injury and plans to see a doctor next week, when Penn State has a bye.

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