Big Ten lunch links: Stability helps Penn State

February, 3, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

These links committed early. 

"Penn State is an anomaly in the transient world of coaching. Aside from the constant of Paterno, his staff has always been loyal -- sometimes at the expense of climbing the coaching ladder. The Lions have been able to paint a picture of stability for recruits looking for a home away from home.

'It can't be based just on facilities, past records and things like that,' Paterno said. 'I think [a recruit] has to have a comfort level with the kinds of people he's going to be with. I think the contract established the fact that Penn State is committed to a certain type of program, whether it's an old guy leading it or a young guy leading it.'"

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