Health issue not expected to keep Paterno off field

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. --- A health issue has sidelined Penn State coach Joe Paterno since May, but it is not expected to keep him off the field in the fall.

"Coach Paterno has had intestinal issues this summer that have forced him to limit his efforts to team activities and therefore some of his personal appearances have been cancelled," university president Graham Spanier told The Post-Gazette tonight in an e-mail.

"We have no reason to be concerned about coach Paterno's ability to lead the team."

Paterno, 83, has been a no-show for three "Evening With Joe" appearances in the past two months due to his illness. He missed two almuni/booster club events in May in Pittsburgh and Hershey and another earlier this month in Philadelphia.

He is the winningest coach in Division I-A history with 394 victories.

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