Paterno’s Big11Ten pay rank; plans to coach for a few more years

I found the article I was looking for — the one that notes what Joe Paterno makes compared to his Big11Ten peers or at least what everyone made in 2006. Out of the ten salaries available (Northwestern has not disclosed what Pat Fitzgerald earns) Paterno comes in eighth. Iowa is getting ripped off though.

Yetserday, Paterno talked to sportswriters from several newspapers, but not The Collegian. He plans to coach for a few more years which was breaking news when Ronald Reagan was president — the first term.

Paterno pay releasedCDT

Paterno plans to stay beyond 2008Patriot-News

Paterno’s salary is finally revealed; Says he’d like to coach as much as five more yearsPost-Gazette

RON COOKImpact aside, Paterno’s time is upPost-Gazette

Paterno’s pay is now public: $512,664The Inky

JoePa hopes to coach 3-5 more yearsThe Inky

JoePa hopes to coach 3-5 more yearsThe Inky

By the way, I have envisioned a similar scenario in mind for Paterno’s exit from Penn State:

The perfect ending is you drop dead at the end of the game after you kick the winning field goal,” Paterno joked Thursday during a lunch-time news conference inside Beaver Stadium.

And they carry you off the field and everyone’s singing, ‘So long, Joe, you’ve been wonderful.

I think I would rather see him step down and joyfully watch a coach not named Paterno lead the Nittany Lions to a national title.

Lastly, the newspaper, the Patriot-News, that started the whole “what does Paterno make” saga that:

  • gave bloggers like me so many opportunities to tell the world we don’t care what Paterno makes

  • led to a co-worker of mine who cares nothing for sports to mention it this morning — keep in mind I live near Washington D.C., not Pennsylvania

has an editorial that says the octogenarian coach is underpaid.

*rim shot*

P.S. BeanoWatch is postponed until tomorrow morning.

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