If you were Joe Paterno, and you wanted to coach forever, but you weren't sure your contract would get renewed, what would you do??????
Why you would announce casually during a press conference that you certainly are in the wrong place if you need a contract to continue to work there, that is what you would do!!!
Very smart. That tactic is called "Change the Rules."
Unfortunately, Penn State Brass may simply insist on a contract and take the approach that the lack of a concrete succession plan is hurting recruting which....it is. Perhaps as much as the fact that there is no arm chair transporting device that would alleviate the otherwise unbelieveable difficulty faced by a program when its head football coach can't find a way to visit a recruit.
It is very clear to me that Joe is simply grinding away the competition for Jay. He is assuaging his guilt for never seeing Jay play in High School on Friday nights because of his preparation for Saturdays by giving his second oldest son the reins to the organization.
He earlier made an attempt to deflect the charge by indicating it would not be a good idea for Jay to be the head coach to succeed him. However, if Tom gets the job, will Larry Johnson and Vanderlinden stick around until Tom is done?
No one else wants Jay because he has not garnered a particularly stellar resume with quarterbacks.
What do you think?