Joe Paterno has coached 507 games at Penn State, winning 379, but the focus now is on the next two: home against Michigan this week and at Ohio State on Oct. 25.
Two games, not yet contested, could calibrate the end-game terms of a brilliant career that is currently stuck in twilight.
Paterno turns 82 in December and his legs hurt. He definitely should not have offered his right leg to an on-side kick demonstration back in August. Now he coaches from the press box and requires help off news conference podiums.
How soon can Paterno get back to prowling the sideline?
“I don’t know,” he says.