A new beginning or the beginning of the end?

A new beginning or the beginning of the end?

Originally Published: August 13, 2002
By Herb Gould | Special to ESPN.com

Penn State Nittany Lions 2001 record: 5-6 (4-4) Coach: Joe Paterno (37th season, 327-96-3) Starters returning: 7 offense, 7 defense, 2 kickers

Outlook: The general assumption is that the last two seasons, only the second and third losing seasons of Paterno's career, were aberrations, and JoePa, even at 75, will right the ship this fall. Penn State certainly has the talent to get it done. But until the Nittany Lions bounce back, Paterno, like a major leaguer in his 30s whose batting average ...

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