Originally posted on Nittany Lines  |  Last updated 10/28/11

STATE COLLEGE, PA - NOVEMBER 7: Head coach Joe Paterno of the Penn State Nittany Lions stands on the field during warm-ups before a game against the Ohio State Buckeyes on November 7, 2009 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
One theme put forth by Joe Paterno critics is that the coach is too selfish to retire.I’m not going to argue that point, and I am not going to necessarily agree with it, either.But, here is another spin: What if JoePa, who preaches and practices loyalty almost to a fault, is staying on the job to protect his staff? Perhaps JoePa believes that after he retires, the Penn State brass would bring in a new coach from the outside, someone who would clean house. And that would leave all of the current assistant coaches -- and probably other ancillary personnel -- jobless.And JoePa does not want that for the coaches who have stood by him for decades. (And, we'll note right here that one of those assistant coaches is his son Jay.)Perhaps there was a time when JoePa could have named his successor and demanded that his assistant coaches stay on in Happy Valley. But that likely is not the case anymore.So, ol’ Joe could be caught in the middle on this one. Maybe he wants to retire -- but won’t ...
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