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Recap of JoePa press conference at Big Ten media days
July 28, 2011 - Cory Giger
Joe Paterno looked and sounded great during his press conference at Big Ten media days in Chicago on Thursday, a drastic difference from a year ago when he was coming back from an illness.
I wasn't in Chicago for the press conference but watched it on TV and recap the major talking points here:
JoePa on being in last year of his contract: Is this the last year of my contract? I don't even know I got a contract. I don't pay attention to that.
JoePa: I feel a lot better than I did a year ago.
JoePa: I'm back to doing a lot of things I used to do. I'm walking a lot more. I'm watching what I eat.
JoePa: I've enjoyed the spring. I've got a lot more enthusiasm
JoePa: I don't think we played very well last year. I don't think I did a very good job coaching last year.
JoePa: One thing I feel extremely good about is the fact that Nebraska is in (the conference).
JoePa: When we got Nebraska, that was a real coup.
JoePa: Ohio State to me has been a great, great college football program throughout the years. -- He doesn't want to get into criticism.
JoePa: Telling story about when he got the job and got $20,000 a year.
JoePa: This day and age, the one thing I am really uptight about is there's too many people that are not involved in the day to day operation (that have too much influence -- boosters, trustees, media)
JoePa: We've always had problems (in college football) & you're gonna have problems when you've got the kind of competition that's going on.
JoePa: I think we'll be better (at QB).
JoePa: He didn't get into any specifics about McGloin or Bolden or anyone.
JoePa: I got in a jam because I'm walking by, the kids are running around, and I walk by and watch them.
JoePa: We had to turn ourselves in (for that violation).
JoePa: on secret to keeping job for so long -- The environment at our place is maybe a little bit different.
JoePa: We've had enough success that you could fool people that you're maybe a better coach than you really are.
JoePa: on no rules violations at PSU -- Maybe we're lucky. I don't know.
JoePa: I preach all the time, and I tell our alumni all the time, Hey, stay out of it.
JoePa: It's nice to know we haven't had a major violation. I'm proud of that.