Meeting with boosters in Philadelphia, Paterno has expressed optimism about next season's squad,which returns nine starters on defense. It is almost hard to imagine these days but it was not long ago that Penn State was a perennial national champion contender (as well as a factor on draft day), but four losing seasons in the last five has erased those kinds of expectations. That is, for everyone but Joe Pa, who still insists that retirement is not yet a consideration. We don't imagine there's are very many college football fans that wouldn't like to see Paterno be able to go out on his terms with a building program... but we don't share his optimism about next season.
Joe Pa might be the only one who hasn't given up on his chances to catch Bowden for the career win mark.