Joe Paterno: I think I can go another 4 or 5 years

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Joe Paterno (84) is heading into his 62nd year of coaching. 

As typical, during the Big Ten media day, Joe Pa was asked how much longer he’ll continue on. 

Paterno took it from there: 

“I feel good. I had a couple tough years there, physically...” 

“I didn't think I did a very good job coaching last year. I didn't have a lot of enthusiasm. We had a young team and I didn't take into consideration some things and maybe didn't try to get them to do some things. But I feel good.” 

“I don't know how long. The good Lord's been good to me. I have good health now, back to where I was. I enjoyed this spring. … I got around a little bit more, trying to get to know the kids a little bit better. I've kind of gotten away from them the last couple of years.” 

“So, I don't know. I'd like to go four or five more years but you know, I think somebody else is gonna have to make that decision. I might think I'm doing a pretty good job three years from now and somebody might say, 'Hey, Joe, it's time.' But right now, I think I can go another four or five more years.” 

Since 2005, under Paterno, Penn State has finished 11-1, 9-4, 9-4, 11-2, 11-2, and 7-6.