Paterno Will Coach 500th Game When Penn State Meets Texas A&M

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SAN ANTONIO -- Enough about milestones. Joe Paterno hasn't counted his games and he's not going to start now.

Penn State (8-4) plays Texas A&M (7-5) tomorrow in the Alamo
Bowl, Paterno's 500th game as the Nittany Lions' head coach.

JoePa would just as soon not be reminded.

The Nittany Lions (8-4) will be playing in their 34th bowl game
under Paterno, almost one for every year Texas A&M interim coach
Gary Darnell has been working in the profession.

The well-traveled Darnell has coached at 11 colleges across 37
seasons. He's been A&M's defensive coordinator since 2006 and was
promoted to head coach for the bowl game when Dennis Franchione
resigned on November 23rd.

While Paterno and Penn State have been college football's model
of stability, the A&M program is in flux. After the bowl game, Mike
Sherman will take over the program and he's expected to hire all
new assistants - making the Alamo Bowl the last hurrah for the
current staff.