Joe Paterno Quick Hitters

News and notes we've not already covered from the coach's Friday interview session.

CHICAGO -- Quick hitters from Penn State coach Joe Paterno's Friday press conference here:

• On his discussions with Rob Bolden Sr. back when Ron Bolden Jr. threatened to transfer: “I thought (he) was a little off base and he thought I was off base.” They ultimately agreed that it would make more sense for the younger Bolden to stay at Penn State through the spring before making a decision on transferring, which is what happened. “I think his dad came around,” Paterno said.

• When asked about using a two-quarterback system, Paterno said, “I've never been for that.”

• On getting together with Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany Thursday. Delany met with all of the conference coaches to express his displeasure over the recent NCAA violations at Ohio State and Michigan: “It was a good meeting … an ounce-of-prevention kind of thing. Enough is enough.”

• Paterno said he went kind of easy on the team in the preseason last year because he thought it was young overall. That may have hurt leadership. So he is going to ramp things up this preseason. “It'll be a little tougher than some of the previous (preseason) practices we've had.”

• He lamented that 2010 starting running back Evan Royster may have been underappreciated, which drew eye rolls from certain media members (OK, me) since, back then, Paterno wasn't exactly raving about Royster. Of the current field of tailbacks, he said, “somebody's got to do it.” Stephfon Green “has a long way to go” in terms of blocking. Silas Redd has to stop fumbling so much (presumably in practice) and block better. Redd does “have a lot of ability.”

• Asked if Kevin Newsome is in the mix at quarterback, he said no. He indicated that away from the field, Newsome can be immature, but was not specific. “It's tough to change lifestyle sometime.”

• On redshirt freshman QB Paul Jones, who will miss the 2011 season for academic reasons: “We're trying to get him caught up.”

• He pointed out that Penn State will still be in the second summer semester when preseason practice starts Aug. 4. So he'd prefer to wait until then to comment on other possible academic issues.

• On spending 12 days of vacation at the Jersey Shore recently. “Some of the guys on the staff said stay (there) another two weeks.”

• On the current debt ceiling crisis, he said a bunch of people were being, “immature.” He suggested one-and-done six-year terms for politicians so the pressure to be re-elected would not sway them.

• On hurting his hip while attempting to demonstrate an on-side kick two years ago: “That's as dumb a thing as I've ever done.”

• On his longevity at Penn State, which is unlikely to be equaled by an coach at any program: “A lot of people are too dumb to get rid of me.”


Good to go: DE Jack Crawford (foot), DE Eric Latimore (wrist), S Nick Sukay (pec), TE Andrew Szczerba (back), FB Zach Zwinak (knee)

To be determined: WR Curtis Drake (leg), DT Evan Hailes (respiratory issue)

Out: TE Garry Gilliam (knee), DE Pete Massaro (knee)

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