2011-09-08 / Sports

Paterno Coaches PSU Opener From Press Box

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – Joe Paterno coached Penn State’s season opener from the press box Saturday, three weeks after an accidental collision at practice left him with right shoulder and pelvis injuries.

The 84-year-old Paterno said earlier this week there was a “ 50- 50’’ chance he would be on the sideline against Indiana State. He arrived separately from the team before Saturday’s game, sitting on a stool outside the locker room as the players arrived at Beaver Stadium.

Paterno has been shuttled around on a golf cart, and sat through his news conference after the Nittany Lions’ 41-7 win over the Sycamores clutching a crutch at the podium.

He hoped to return to the sideline for Penn State’s showdown next week at home against No. 2 Alabama.

“I really probably could have done it today, but the doctor didn’t want me to do it. They were afraid I wouldn’t get out of the way, maybe something fluky would happen,’’ Paterno said.

Paterno said he’s still sore, though he’d like to get to the point where he can walk stairs without a cane again.

“I can walk ... without the cane when I get home,’’ he said. “I would think I will be all right this upcoming week.’’

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