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When Joe speaks ...

September 12, 2007
By Cory Giger
UNIVERSITY PARK — A capsule look at Joe Paterno’s weekly press conference.

Opponent: Buffalo (1-1)

Last time vs. Penn State: Buffalo actually leads the all-time series, beating PSU 10-0 way back in 1900 in the only other meeting

Kickoff: Saturday, noon, at Beaver Stadium

Television: Big Ten Network

Line: Penn State is a 33¢-point favorite

Breaking news!: Paterno will not coach Penn State forever. Rarely has the legendary coach spoken about any kind of timetable for his departure, but he did so in somewhat joking fashion Tuesday when asked when the Lions may play Notre Dame again. Paterno said: ‘‘If [administrators] come to me and say, ’Hey, we want to play Notre Dame in 2014, what do you think?’ Yeah, I might like to watch that game. Who’s going to be the head coach?’’ Paterno also said he has ‘‘very little to do with scheduling,’’ adding, ‘‘[AD] Tim Curley has enough problems without having a coach who won’t be here 10 years from now when you’re scheduling, telling him who you have to schedule.’’

Lots of work to do: The Lions easily handled the Fighting Irish, 31-10, but their play at times left a lot to be desired. ‘‘We didn’t play really that well over a long period of time against Notre Dame,’’ Paterno said. ‘‘We had a lot of mistakes. We didn’t line up properly a lot of times on defense. Notre Dame limited their offense because I think of their freshman quarterback and because of the fans, the crowd.’’

Yet to be challenged: The Lions are 2-0, ranked No. 12 and have hopes of going undefeated, but they haven’t been tested yet. ‘‘We’re on these kids all the time to get better, make them more aware what it’s going to take in a tough football game,’’ Paterno said. ‘‘We haven’t been in a tough football game yet. We just haven’t. We haven’t been down there where we’ve got to do some things under a tremendous amount of pressure. We won’t know how good we are until we do it.’’

Looking ahead: Buffalo crushed Temple, 42-7, on Saturday. That’s either a sign the Bulls may not be that bad or that Temple is really bad. ‘‘They lost to Rutgers, but they manhandled Temple,’’ Paterno said. ‘‘I think Temple, they’ve got a really good coaching group, and I think they’re working their way into being a good football team. I was shocked that Buffalo handled Temple the way they did.’’

Advice for Lloyd Carr: Michigan’s head coach is facing criticism after an 0-2 start. ‘‘I was going to call Lloyd,’’ Paterno said. ‘‘If we weren’t going to play him a week from now I probably would have called him and said, ’You’ve been a real credit to Michigan. The people that really understand who you are, what you’ve done, they’ll be there if you need it.’’’

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