- Associated Press - Saturday, October 15, 2011

STATE COLLEGE, PA. (AP) - Penn State’s Joe Paterno coached Saturday’s homecoming game against Purdue from the Beaver Stadium press box.

The 84-year-old Hall of Famer is recovering from right shoulder and pelvis injuries suffered after a receiver ran into him in practice Aug. 7. Paterno was feeling better last week before two of his players pulled him back to avoid another collision during the 13-3 win Oct. 8 over Iowa.

Paterno said that left him sore _ including his surgically-repaired hip _ and that he was concerned that he might be a distraction to his players on the sideline. He was on the field for pregame warmups Saturday before heading upstairs for the Nittany Lions’ 23-18 victory.

“Nothing serious, it’s just that I’m getting to be a sissy in my old age. I can’t handle it and I’m fighting a cold,” Paterno said.

“I just thought it would be better. If I can’t move around down there, I get in the way,” he added. “Everybody’s worrying, ‘Where is Paterno? Where is coach?’ That’s not fair.”

Paterno, with 407 career victories, is major college football’s winningest coach. He said he hopes to be on the sideline for next week’s game at Northwestern, when he could potentially tie Grambling’s Eddie Robinson for second place for most victories in all divisions.


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