Monday, November 08, 2004
Denial isn't just a river in Egypt. It's the state of mind of Penn State's Head Football Coach.
After a thoroughly unimpressive 14-7 loss to Northwestern this past Saturday and watching Paterno's post-game press conference I've come to the conclusion that he can't do the job anymore.
He said after the game that he wanted to play freshman QB Morelli at some point, "...but there wasn't an opportunity." Gimme a break! How about after starter Michael Robinson threw an INT on his first pass of the game? How about in the second or third quarter when our offense wasn't doing anything and punter Kapinos was getting more work than a one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest?
In the middle of last week someone asked Paterno if he felt he deserved to coach next year. The coach's response speaks volumes, "I've been here for 55 years and don't appreciate that question." Nice. Isn't there just the slightest possibility that you are the reason we're so bad?
I bet being in football staff meetings is like being in meetings with the President. All sunshine. No opposing viewpoints.
There are other reasons too. Lackluster recruiting efforts and play calling to name a couple.
If the coach can't realize his limitations someone in the administration must do it for him.
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