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Joe Paterno and the Head Ball Coach

From January 2, 1998 through the end of his life, Joe Paterno kept a Florida Gators visor on his bookshelves. He was not a Florida fan, but like most everything with my father there was a lesson behind it................ Years ago Penn State and Florida were selected to play on January 1, 1998 in the Citrus Bowl. It was a bowl promoter’s dream—storied programs, huge fan bases and two highly successful and visible coaches. Joe Paterno and Steve Spurrier were seen as opposites; to the degree that Joe Paterno was seen as old school conservative Spurrier was seen as new school brash. What most did not know was that over the course of several Nike trips across a number of years Joe Paterno and St

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