Paterno's sideline status to be determined

Penn State football coach Joe Paterno wasn’t on the sideline the last time Temple visited Beaver Stadium because of a leg injury.

That could be the case again Saturday.

Sources told the Centre Daily Times Friday evening that Paterno, who said Tuesday that his right leg is bothering him, will decide Saturday if he will spend this week’s game against the Owls (kickoff is at noon) coaching from the press box or from the sideline.

Paterno, who was not on the field for the final three games of the 2006 season – he spent the Temple game at home -- after a collision with a Wisconsin player broke his left leg, sustained a mild injury to his right leg during a practice the week before the season opener against Coastal Carolina, sources said. He spent much of practices this week on a golf cart to rest the leg.

The 81-year-old Paterno has missed only three of 659 career games since joining the Nittany Lions as an assistant coach in 1950.