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The extra bowl practices will be beneficial for a team that starts just eight seniors and has had to deal with a slew of injuries. So there will be little free time once Paterno lands in Florida, a place where the 83-year-old coach said he once “chased the girls” in his carefree single days while vacationing with friends.

As usual, JoePa plans to bring his whole extended family, which includes 17 grandchildren, down for a vaction _ though he’ll be holed up in a hotel room watching film while they’re splashing around in the water.

“You don’t have time to go the beach, no,” Paterno said. “We’re going down there, and we’ve got some work to do.”