Outback Bowl: Is Joe Paterno the Greatest Coach in College Football History?

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Outback Bowl: Is Joe Paterno the Greatest Coach in College Football History?
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We’re just five days away from the Outback Bowl, where the 7-5 Penn State Nittany Lions will face off against the 7-5 Florida Gators. The game itself pits two talented, yet underachieving teams against each other, but the real intrigue lies in the coaching matchup.

Florida’s Urban Meyer announced earlier this month that he would be retiring after the completion of the season, while rumors have been swirling that Penn State’s legendary coach, Joe Paterno, could be stepping down due to health concerns.

Although JoePa has said he will return next season, this possible exodus from one of the college football greats could be one of the more intriguing storylines this bowl season.

With the Outback Bowl marking the potential end of an era, we examine the career of Joe Paterno and determine whether he is the greatest coach in college football history.

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