Q&A: Will win No. 400 = Paterno Field?

Penn State football Q&A with Ron Musselman

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Q: Ron, do you think there's any chance that should Penn State beat Northwestern Saturday, giving Joe Paterno his 400th career coaching victory, that the university will surprise him by naming the field after him in a postgame ceremony? Is there ever a better time to do so?

Bruce Weber, Raleigh, N.C.

MUSSELMAN: Bruce, it is not a bad thought or bad timing for such an honor, but I have not heard of any plans to actually do it. My guess is Paterno will try and downplay win No. 400 all week long, as he did earlier this summer when asked about it at the Big Ten Conference media days in Chicago.

I know there is a push to honor Paterno by renaming the field for him. Penn State alumnus Warren Armstrong, Class of 1960, has appointed a student group to lead the campaign. The students will petition to name Beaver Stadium's grass turf Paterno Field through on-campus demonstrations and letters written to administrators. Armstrong's new proposed name would be Joe Paterno Field at Beaver Stadium.


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