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But that was before his hip started bothering him. It's so sore that Paterno said Saturday he may need hip replacement surgery soon after the Michigan State game.
"He doesn't tell me. That's the first he's talked about that," said his son and quarterbacks coach, Jay Paterno. "I don't think it will be a big deal."
The elder Paterno has coached from the press box since the Oct. 6 game at Purdue. He has used a cane in the past month to get around the stadium and a golf cart shuttles him around the practice field.
Paterno has already ruled himself out for the sidelines for Saturday.
Some tickets to Saturday's game are going for $100 apiece on eBay, with some asking for at least $200. One seller is requesting $625 for two club seats and a parking spot.
Paul Clark, 60, of Brockway, has watched Penn State games since he was a freshman at the school in 1966, Paterno's first year as head coach. He met his wife on a blind date at a football game the following year.
"The only way this will be his last game is if his health prevents him coming back. If his hip is healthy after surgery, I think he'll be back," Clark said Saturday.
Clark favors having the school put in a succession plan if they bring back Paterno, with defensive coordinator Tom Bradley installed as coach-in-waiting. It's a common scenario in the ever-grinding Penn State rumor mill.
"That being said, he should coach until he doesn't want to anymore," Clark said. "I think the administration wants him to leave, but I don't see how they can force him out after a season like this."
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