Paterno Plans to Return for 2011

At his weekly press conference, the legendary Penn State coach said he is looking forward to next season.

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Penn State coach Joe Paterno plans to return for the 2011 season, he said at his weekly press conference Tuesday.

Asked if he planned to return, Paterno responded:

"Yeah. Why, you got something I don't know?" he said with a laugh. "I'm looking forward to it. … We could be a pretty good football team next year and I'd like to be part of it."

He was later asked if the decision to return would be his.

"I don't think it's entirely my call," Paterno said. "I'm not running the university. But I hope what I want to do will be taken into consideration and we'll go from there."

Paterno, 83, is major college football's all-time wins leader with a career record of 401-133-3. This is his 45th year as the head coach of the Nittany Lions.

Paterno's contract runs through the 2011 season.

Redshirt sophomore quarterback Matt McGloin was happy to hear of Paterno's intentions. But he expected the decision.

"It would not surprise me if he were here another few years," McGloin said.

Added senior linebacker Chris Colasanti: "He's still vocal and energetic on the field. I always believe that when you're not excited to do the thing you love, then it's time to step back. But he still loves coaching and has fun with it."

The Nittany Lions (7-4) wrap up their 2010 regular season with a home game against No. 10 Michigan State (10-1) Saturday. Paterno has never lost to the Spartans at Beaver Stadium.

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