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Penn State coach Joe Paterno, whose thick-lens glasses had become a trademark in his 44 years at the helm of the Nittany Lions, has had surgery to correct his vision.
“I had trouble reading for the last six months, so I went down to Philadelphia to the Penn Scheie Eye Institute,” the 83-year-old said. “And the guy says to me … I think we can fix that up. So they went in and did it. I don't really need glasses any more.”
But anyone expecting the spectacle of major college football's all-time wins leader showing up on the sideline with a completely new look next fall will be disappointed. Paterno said when he walks around without glasses, “I feel strange.”
“When I don't wear 'em, and I put on a sweater, I reach to take the glasses off and I don't have them on,” he said.
Florida State will vacate athletic victories from 2006 and 2007, including 12 credited to former football coach Bobby Bowden, as part of its penalty for an academic fraud scandal in 2006-07 involving 61 student-athletes, the school announced.
Last month, the NCAA upheld Florida State's appeal of sanctions affecting Bowden and nine other teams stemming from a cheating scandal involving an online music course. The vacation of wins was the only penalty Florida State appealed.
Bowden retired after the 2009 season with 389 wins over a 57-year career, the second most in major college football behind Penn State's Joe Paterno. The penalty leaves him with 377 wins.