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The hagiography lauded Paterno gambling nature on the field (not a misprint), his academic blueprint of the student athlete in the Experiment and his extreme micro managing of the program, down to every t, i, X and 0.

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led to no recruiting trips led to no more booster banquet quips.

The genesis hit five years ago, when Paterno broke three ribs in practice, then broke his shin and tore up his ligaments in Madison. The coaches Nike Air Vapormax Junior in the locker room looked around, knew they knew their stuff Joe or no Joe, and the next week they led the Nittany Lions to a 47 0 pasting of Temple that Joe watched from his easy chair two miles away in College Heights.

The 1971 classic book, My Way, was a salivating look at Paterno just six years into his Penn State head coaching career.

It was a formula for fairly rapid fire success: The Nittany Lions had a 31 game unbeaten streak, Joe ended up on Minutes and the cover of Sports Illustrated, and Penn State won two national titles in five seasons.

Thanks to a corporate atmosphere of penny pinching that been led by Paterno himself, Nittany Lion football netted $50.4 million two years ago a neighborhood seen only by a handful of collegiate football programs and just about every fracking natural gas interloper in the Commonwealth.

And yes, on the playing field that was the zenith of Penn State football. And it happened a very long time ago.

The ones who will miss him the most are the players. They feed off of the Old Guy. They love him, respect him, need him.

The other four assistant coaches have been at Penn State for 60 years.

Logistically, though, Joe not super essential. So, if Paterno doesn make it back to practice for a day or week or two, he be missed. But folks inside Lasch and the BJC and on the football practice field might not notice it very much for awhile.

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The guy who runs Joe football operations, Tom Venturino, has been with Paterno for 28 years. (Venturino drove Paterno around in a golf cart in 2008, and could very well reprise that role.)

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Dollars wise, there hardly a more prudently run program in the nation. Department of Education.

Joe has prepared for his successor for decades. He said he wouldn retire until he had everything in place so that whoever followed in his footsteps Sandusky, Anderson, Ganter, Bradley, Phil In Thegap would have an easy time.

Along the way he has crafted a football program and, in many ways (library, fundraising campaign, spiritual center, moral compass) a university that forever will be molded by him, but can now run just fine without him.

Often, from the halls of the Bryce Jordan Center to shores of the Lasch Building, they are driven by the tenet, WWJWMTD What Would Joe Want Me To Do.

A compliment to the coach and a compliment to a bevy of lifelong Penn Staters by degree and/or by decree following lifelong servitude who have largely, anonymously, made Penn State football what it is.

former Division I A college football head coaches on his staff.

That may seem like a knock on the guy. And perhaps it is. But it is also a compliment.

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in good shape a paragon, actually. (Important, right, since there is that word after Penn State?) Over the past five years PSU football has led the nation in Academic All Americans three each in 2009 and 2010, and five in 2008.

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Well, Joe has made things go so smoothly that the thing practically runs itself these days how well on game day is another matter. And of course the recruiting experts might beg to differ with that premise too.

Even when Joe not there, which is the case once again.

It not about Paterno, it about The Paterno Way.

They are disciples who are there to keep the ark afloat, even when Joe himself is kicked in the Old Testament. And that as was shown again on the most recent Sabbath is happening with much greater frequency these days.

It was the start of a new era.

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Todd Kulka, a former Nittany Lion linebacker, heads the Penn State Football Academic Support Center and has worked in academic counseling at PSU for 15 years. As a teacher, I worked with Todd professionally, and he all about tough love. I have seen him pointedly tell a player to shape up or he wasn making a roadtrip without even consulting with Paterno.

He has two sons, one genetic, who coaches the quarterbacks and has been at Penn State for 17 years. The other, of the surrogate variety, coordinates the defense and has been a Nittany Lion coach for 33 years.

Since Penn State 14 10 Fiesta Bowl victory over Miami on Jan. 1, 1987, Paterno has won 202 more games. So has Penn State. But not another title.

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An empire has been built that cannot only sustain the temporarily loss of its leader, but now knows Plan B nearly as well as it knows Plan A.

And now, they are doing football as they always have, The Paterno Way.

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