MORE THAN 21 years after this story was written, JoePa, now 81, is still swatting at windmills from Happy Valley. Though Paterno has continually fielded questions about his age and calls for his retirement, the chorus of naysayers grew loudest in '04, after Penn State's second consecutive losing season. But the Lions rallied with an 11-1 record in '05 and a win in the Orange Bowl, and then went 18-8, including two more bowl victories, over the next two seasons. So the professor remains on the sideline, at least for one more year. In April, Penn State president Graham B. Spanier announced that Paterno's contract would not be renewed after the '08 season, though he could coach without a formal pact. More important than the 372 wins, two national titles and five undefeated seasons, Paterno continues to prove that he is a Sportsman in any year.