The Athletic Reporter
September 12, 2005 Sports News the Way You Want It. Completely Made Up. Issue 127
Joe Paterno Mad At Officials For Bad Calls, Grandkids for Not Calling
Originally posted 9/29/2003

Paterno, seen here not hearing from his grandkids, argues with officials
STATE COLLEGE, PA - Legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno blasted officials following his team's 20-14 loss to 24th ranked Minnesota on Saturday, saying that he blamed the loss on bad calls. He also blasted his 12 grandchildren for never calling. "[Wife of forty-one years] Sue and me never hear from them," Paterno said. "They know our phone number. Just pick up the phone for five minutes, is that so hard?"

At the end of the first half, Penn State was down 17-14 and driving into Minnesota territory. With seven seconds left in the half, Minnesota's Terrance Campbell was ruled to have intercepted a pass that replays showed clearly hit the ground. Paterno argued with the officials on the field after the ruling.

"We've seen the tape of the game," said Big Ten commissioner Jim Delaney, "and we can assure coach Paterno that we'll review the play in question and talk to the officials involved if necessary. Also, we are reminded that we haven't heard from our grandkids for a while either. Apparently they've got much more important things to do than talking to their grandparents."

"We're trying to win a ballgame out there," said Paterno, the all-time winningest coach in major college football history. "We can't have them blowing calls like that. And, speaking of calls, it would be nice to get some calls from my grandkids once in a while."

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