GQ Joe

By Adam Caparell - September 25, 2007


Forget JoePa. Just call him GQ Joe from now on. The Penn State coach, all 80-years old of him, was featured in the latest issue of GQ that hit newsstands this week as the magazine marks its 50th anniversary.

And in it, there's a multi-page spread that pays homage to Paterno's signature Saturday style - his thick, black glasses, rolled-up khakis, oxford, tie and black cleats - and the fact that he's almost single-handedly responsible for putting Penn State on the map.

But ever the consummate football coach, Paterno predictably hasn't gotten his hands on the issue. Yet.

"I haven't seen it," Paterno said. "I know my wife hasn't seen it. I'm sure a couple of the women at work in our office have seen because they've been asking when it comes out and I keep saying, 'I don't know.'"

He has yet to get any feedback from any of his staff, or more importantly his players.

"I don't know if they can afford GQ," Paterno quipped.

"I suppose some of the kids will get a copy of it. They'll be a couple of guys who will buy it and stick it in the locker room and throw daggers at it."

As for business on the football field, the Nittany Lions are still smarting over their loss to Michigan in the Big House last weekend, the ninth straight Paterno and his team have suffered at the hands of the Wolverines.

The loss dropped Penn State from No. 10 to No. 21 in the polls and leaves them at 0-1 in the Big Ten. And while plenty of Sunday morning quarterbacks second guessed Paterno's insistence on a conservative offensive game plan, Paterno was relatively happy with his team's performance. Except for the final outcome, of course.

"We were right on target. I wouldn't do a thing differently," Paterno said. "The only problem is I wouldn't turn the ball over on the 8-yard line and other than that we kicked, we played good solid defense. Michigan played a heck of a football game."

Michigan's two losses this season - to Appalachian State and Oregon - came against teams that featured a spread attack and burned the Wolverines with their speed and passing game. So it was expected that Penn State and Anthony Morelli would air it out against the Wolverines. But Morelli was only 15-of-31 and basically put the onus on the coaches for the Nittany Lions first loss. He's only the quarterback and only runs the plays that are called.

"That's why I get paid," Paterno said. "Things that I think that will help us win the football game, I wouldn't do anything differently."

Posted by Adam Caparell at 02:34 PM on September 25, 2007
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