Brent Musburger Explains Why Joe Paterno Will Not Retire

Unlike Blue Oyster Cult, JoePa Does Indeed Fear The Reaper

10/15/08 in NCAAF   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

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]
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10/16/08   |   Volimhtown

NittanyJon wrote:
What Musburger said is true. It's no one's fault that Paterno does'nt have a hobby. The Bear Bryant parallel does not make any sense, though. Bryant smoked Pall Mall's for a lot of his life. I remember the game he became #1 in wins. He looked like he was dying!! Paterno is in incredible mental and physical shape for an 81 year old. Paterno should travel the country as a speaker and make a mint. That will take up a lot of his time.

Agreed. I understand guys being afraid of life after football when that's all they've really done, but Holy Crap.... at 81 I would hope that you'd have come to terms with the fact that it WILL end someday. I'm not sure whether to feel sorry for the guy OR feel that somebody just needs to smack some reality into him.Man, you've lived an amazing life.... it's ok to sit back and enjoy what's left of it!

10/16/08   |   NittanyJon   |   245 respect

What Musburger said is true. It's no one's fault that Paterno does'nt have a hobby. The Bear Bryant parallel does not make any sense, though. Bryant smoked Pall Mall's for a lot of his life. I remember the game he became #1 in wins. He looked like he was dying!! Paterno is in incredible mental and physical shape for an 81 year old. Paterno should travel the country as a speaker and make a mint. That will take up a lot of his time.

10/15/08   |   Boski93   |   375 respect

I don't think any amount of cowbell could help with this.