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Joe Paterno Presser Highlights: Outback Bowl

Joe Paterno addressed the media on Monday about Penn State's selection to the Outback Bowl. Here's a short run down of what he had to say (transcript).

  • Opening statement: "We are delighted to have this opportunity to play against Florida. As I said a while ago, Urban is one of my favorite people. It is going to be exciting to play against them especially in this setting being the 25th anniversary of a great bowl game and a great city. It is an exciting time for us, it is going to be an exciting event, and hopefully we will put on a good show for everybody."
  • Explained that he has a good relationship with Florida coach Urban Meyer. Called Meyer "honest" and "modest" and says the two have talked coaching philosophies on occasion in the past.
  • Andrew Dailey and Kevion Latham intend to leave the program with eligibility left as both have jobs lined up after graduation. 
  • On the possibility of other players leaving: "We may lose another kid or two. It depends on some parents getting involved thinking their kids are a little better than they are, thinking they are pro players"
  • Mike Mauti will be back for the bowl game.
  • Penn State might leave early to get some practice in down South.
  • Matt McGloin is "the quarterback." The "other kid" meaning Robert Bolden, has a lot of ability but is too inexperienced right now.
  • Does not believe Penn State has the speed that Florida does.
  • Believes Florida compares favorably with Alabama, who the Lions faced earlier this season. Noted the quarterback situation isn't quite the same, however.