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BallHype: hype it up! Thursday, November 29, 2007
Theres no wonder why Penn State will never get rid of Joe (not that we want him to go, he deserves to retire when he wants to), but losing no matter means anything to the university for the bargain they are getting with this hall of fame coach.

"Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno is being paid about a half-million dollars a year, state officials said Thursday, ending one of the most closely guarded secrets of college sports in Pennsylvania." - Centre Daily Times

That is absolutely stunning. For a man who has 371 victories in Div-I (Bobby Bowden can kiss my left ass cheek for the 20+ wins he compiled coaching Samford in a lower division, hell Joe Paterno should be able to count the victories he has compiled on the xbox against his online competition while we're at it then), half a million is not only a bargain, but its a freaking steal for a football program of this nature. Iowa pays their underachieving coach $2.8 million to lose to rival Iowa State 3 times out of the last 4 games they've played. That is a 560% increase from Joe Paterno's salary.

Say what you want about the man, but greed is definitely not a word you can use to describe him. How many coaches with just 1 national championship have earned an annual salary increase into the millions let alone a man with 2 national championships and the most bowl appearances and victories barely demanding time off. Just because he comes cheap, does not mean he shouldn't still be winning. Since the 2005 11-1 Orange Bowl season where his team ended #3, he has churned out two 9-win seasons. There are plenty of programs who would die to stay in that position, just ask Nebraska or Miami. But this is an image of a man with class no matter what the critics say.
posted by Nittany White Out @ 2:13 PM  
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