Paterno weighs in on college football conference upheaval

It seems that not a week goes by these days that there is not more movement in the college football conference landscape. Filling in the gaps between actual moves is speculation about even more moves.

Many folks are adding their two cents to the debate. Apparently Penn State’s legendary coach is no different. Joe Paterno had this to say this week about Pittsburgh and Syracuse leaving the Big East for the Atlantic Coast Conference and about Penn State’s future conference alignment …

“I think it’s a good move for the Atlantic Coast Conference and a good move for those two schools,” Paterno said. “I’ve been trying since day one to get a couple of those schools, one of those schools or some other school from the East in the Big Ten because I think there’s a tremendous market for recruiting and football in the area. Fifty million people live in the areas that we’re talking about. That’s an awful lot of kids playing football and all sports.”

Paterno added this nugget …

“There might even be speculation that Penn State maybe ought to get into something different, or we ought to try to go out and get some people from the East to come into the Big Ten.”

Penn State president Graham Spanier denied that possibility, however, saying that PSU is content in the Big Ten and that the conference has no plans to expand.

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