By Jake Mokris
Teen Takeover staff
Joe Paterno is 79. He has been coaching football for 40 years. His team just won the Orange Bowl, finishing the season as third in the country. Coach Paterno has been rather cranky lately, and he made some crude comments on Florida State player A. J. Nicholson’s alleged sexual misconduct.
Because of all this, many people claim that Joe Paterno should retire. But are these good reasons for him to retire?
He is not incapable of coaching; the opposite is true. If anything, Paterno is extremely qualified to coach, for he has more coaching experience than almost all other coaches. If he were 50 right now, instead of 79, absolutely no one would be asking him to retire after his team ended its season as third in the country. Yes, Joe Paterno should tone down his crankiness and refrain from making crude comments, but on the other hand, everyone has his quirks.
Almost all the arguments as to why Joe Paterno should retire can be summed up to one short sentence: He’s old. But is that a good argument? And what is the definition of “old