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By Sam Ross Jr.
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008

Penn State coach Joe Paterno was asked Tuesday if he would have hip replacement surgery.

"I don't know yet," he said.

Paterno's ailing right leg has been reported as a knee, hip or general arthritis problem. He's begun using a cane to walk.

When asked for specifics regarding his injury yesterday, Paterno was vague.

"I don't know for sure what it is. It's probably something to do with the hip," he said. "I haven't got time to spend going through a lot of examinations and things like that. I'm going to wait until the season's over."

The 81-year-old coach, who's coached from the coaches' box the past two games, wouldn't commit to staying there the remainder of this season.

"I'm playing it day by day, really. I'm not sure what we're going to do this week," he said. "Some days, I really feel like I can go out there and almost jog. Other days, it's really sore.

"I'm just going to play it by ear, play it one day at a time, and then, when the season's over, have somebody take a look at it; get it fixed up."

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