CHICAGO -- The Joe Paterno show continued at Big Ten Media Days here Friday, as Penn State's 84-year-old coach once again looked and sounded like a reinvigorated man.
This time, major college football's all-time wins later said he intends to prove that he is still physically and mentally strong enough to handle the rigors of coaching a Big Ten program -- especially on game day.
And that will extend to play-calling.
Paterno admitted his role on the sideline decreased in recent years due to injury and/or illness, but added he is feeling more healthy now.
The one thing that would worry me about my stage is, I think I can handle all of the physical part, he said during a 100-minute roundtable session. I just don't want to get to the point where the mind is (snapped his fingers). You can't coach this game and do what I've done the last year or two, and not be more involved on that sideline.
I've told the staff, I said, 'Hey, your day in the sun is over. I'm gonna call a lot more plays, a lot more defenses and the whole bit. So get ready.' That may be bad. But I'm gonna do it.