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Paterno's health has been a frequent issue in recent seasons.
In 2006, he broke his leg in a sideline collision during Penn State's game against Wisconsin at Camp Randall Stadium. A hip injury forced him to spend much of the 2008 season coaching from a seat near the press box, where the offensive coordinator usually sets up.
He typically surveyed practices that season from a golf cart before having hip surgery after the season.
During the 2010 offseason, Paterno had to scale back his personal appearances because an intestinal issue and an adverse reaction to antibiotics prescribed for dental work. He also cut back on in-season obligations and taped segments instead of appearing live on a weekly radio show.
But as the 2010 season went on, Paterno's health seemed to be improving. And at the recent Big Ten media days in Chicago, Paterno said he was feeling great and he looked and sounded better than he had at the same event a year earlier.
Paterno signed a three-year contract extension in late 2008 that runs out after this season, but Paterno's status at Penn State hardly seems reliant on a contract these days. Penn State has no public plans in place to shift leadership of the program.
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