Thursday, May 15, 2008

Not Even the Hospital Can Defend Against Joe Paterno

Penn State coach Joe Paterno was taken to a hospital Thursday because of apparent dehydration and was expected to be released later in the day.

The 81-year-old coach was taken to Mount Nittany Medical Center by ambulance after feeling nauseated, said team spokesman Guido D'Elia. Paterno had not been admitted to the hospital and was "tapping his fingers, waiting to get out," D'Elia said. D'Elia added that Paterno would be released from the hospital at 6 p.m., after he passed a series of tests, including a stress test.

"It's no big deal," Jay Paterno said in a telephone interview. "If it's dehydration, he's probably all talked out."
In recent years, Paterno's health has been been called into question. But each year goes by that JoePa comes in like a Nittany Lion, refusing to go out like a lamb.


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