UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State coach Joe Paterno opened his news conference Thursday with a request.
“Please don’t ask me if I’m gonna die,” Paterno said, drawing laughter from reporters during the team’s annual media day at Beaver Stadium. “Believe me, I got a few more days left.”
Paterno, four months shy of his 84th birthday, is preparing for his 45th season on the sideline.
He was slowed for a good part of the summer by intestinal problems and is noticeably thinner.