Joe Paterno Tries to Be Oldest Human Ever to Teach People Things, Gets 3-Year Extension

I really couldn't beat this lead if I tried, so I will step back and let take the reins for a minute.

Months of speculation that Penn State might be operating under a hip, new coach in 2009 is about to come to an end. Instead, the Nittany Lions will have, well, a coach with a slick new hip in '09.

That, ladies and gents, is the perfect way to say that 81-year-old Joe Paterno, who spent most of the year away from the sidelines and in a booth, has landed a three-year extension from Penn State, making him unofficially the oldest human to ever live (haven't checked the facts yet). has learned from several university sources that Paterno and Penn State have agreed in principle to a multi-year contract extension that will keep him at the helm of the Nittany Lion football program for at least three more seasons. The sources spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The deal is expected to be signed and announced by the end of the week.

I would have to say, Paterno is really breaking the trend of "old men struggling in 2008." John McCain lost the election, Bobby Bowden finished a disappointing 5-3 in the ACC and Lute Olson quit after pulling the college basketball equivalent of a Brett Favre.

This would be the season Paterno would feel the need to come back. Penn State was one loss away from possibly making the national championship and is getting to face USC in the Rose Bowl.

Something crazier than that? Paterno has been on staff with Penn State since 1950! Did you know that I just read online, dirt was actually founded in 1956. Paterno's coaching career is OLDER THAN DIRT! Tell all your friends.

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