Joe Pa Talking to The Media Ups Penn States Title Chances In 2009

Justin AnthonyCorrespondent IMay 28, 2009

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01:  Head coach Joe Paterno of the Penn State Nittany Lions addresses the media after their defeat against the USC Trojans at the 95th Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi on January 1, 2009 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Was it case of grumpy old man syndrome or the align knee injury that kept Joe in the press box what ever it was The Old Joe is back and is fired up and talking.  I wrote an article 2 months ago just as spring practice was starting and I criticized the way that Joe had handled the media all of last year.  I understand that he can do what ever he want because he has earned that right, but in the age of the inter-net and a show devoted strictly to college football 5 days a week all year round the media controls image and the image of Penn State Football in 2008 was disgraceful.  Right after the article was out and right after the Blue White game something changed Joe became engaging and controversial.  Joe has never liked the system that college football has been in he has been one of the biggest proponents of a playoff system which is a very popular stance among media members.  Another problem Joe is after is expanding the Big Ten to 12 teams and it not being Notre Dame.  Joe feels that Notre Dame has had there shot to join the conference and that either Rutgers or Syracuse should be the teams the Big Ten goes after.  Joe may be on to something here with the Big Ten's head quarters in Chicago and with the addition of one of these New York area teams the Big Ten would control the two largest media markets in the US.  Joe's change has come as a welcoming sign for Penn State fans there are finally positive things to read about Penn State football again.  All this good press can only be helping Penn States stock in the preseason polls as well as recruiting.  Joe still dose not have a cell phone or know how to use email but his change in attitude toward the media is only helping Penn States stock come September.  Joe has proven that the game hasn't passed him by and now he is proving he isn't some senile old man but a coach with thoughts and opinions and only wants to improve the game of College Football for the next generation.