Many people wonder why Joe Paterno keeps coaching even though he's 82. Is it because he's drunk with power? Is it because he hates those young hippie coaches? Is it because he's actually a robot? Or is it because his goal is to win games from his death bed?
Well, it looks like we finally have an answer, and it's actually disturbingly close to that last guess there.
Announcing gasbag Brent Musburger appeared on the Dan Patrick radio show the other day and this was what he said about JoePa
"This is a tough one for me because I have to say up front that JoePa is a dear friend of mine...I'll tell your listeners the truth as to why he still does it. He is fearful — and he looks back at Bear Bryant as the example — he is fearful that he would not be with us if he stepped away. He is a man that doesn't fish, doesn't play golf...he has no other interest other than his family and football. And he's just afraid what would happen with the rest of his life if he walks away from it."
That's, uh, not good. Although who am I to talk. All I do is blog and sleep (and scrounge for food when I can).
Just so you know, Bear Bryant died only 28 days after he retired, so I can understand JoePa's concern. Although personally, I think this is JoePa working his magic for a new contract.
"You know, I could retire, but I'd probably keel over and die."
Your move, Penn State AD.
Brent Musburger offers some troubling news about Joe Paterno [Deadspin]