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Penn State says report saying Paterno to coach from press box 'premature'

| Friday, Sept. 19, 2008

A Penn State spokesman labeled as "premature" a Friday report that Joe Paterno would coach from the press box Saturday for his team's game with Temple.

The 81-year-old coach, when asked about his health on his Thursday radio show, had said his leg was bothering him.

Penn State sports information director Jeff Nelson said Friday evening that Paterno had done the radio show from the coach's home.

But Nelson also said yesterday, "As of now, we expect him to be on the sidelines (Saturday)."

Paterno had not been on the sidelines for the final two regular-season games of 2006 after suffering a broken leg and knee injury in a sideline collision at Wisconsin.

He watched the Temple game that season from home on television, and the Michigan State game from the Beaver Stadium press box. Paterno also had not been on the sidelines at the Outback Bowl following the 2006 regular season.

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