He rolled those pant legs up just a little more, dug in a little deeper. "He started showing more fire than anybody," Jay recalls. An upset of Purdue. A homecoming win over Illinois. A thriller over Indiana. Then, last week, out of nowhere, miracles started dropping into those pant cuffs.
Tuesday brought stunning word that Casey would not be indicted. But Paterno tsk-tsked nobody. "I can be a pompous guy," he admits. "I can see where you'd like to get your shots in at me." All he allowed himself was one moment, over pasta, with Sue. "Now there's justice," he said.
Wednesday brought an even more stunning announcement. Taliaferro, who had suffered a bruised spinal cord and undergone spinal fusion surgery, had feeling in his toes, was shrugging his shoulders, moving his hips. The doctors thought he'd walk again. "It looked like two concrete blocks had been lifted off Joe's shoulders," says Sue.
It doesn't matter that there'll be no bowl game this year for Penn State. It doesn't matter that, at 4-6, the best the little man can do this season is tie the great Bear at 323 wins, with four years to go on his contract. What matters is, when you find a man this good, you stick by him.