a new sight

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - — James Wange­mann

Re­mem­ber when each col­lege foot­ball sea­son in­cluded Bobby Bow­den ut­ter­ing ‘dadgum­mit’ and JoePa squint­ing through his Coke-bot­tle glasses? Well, times change. In De­cem­ber, Bow­den re­tired af­ter 34 sea­sons at Florida State. And now, Paterno can read a play­book with­out glasses af­ter hav­ing cor­rec­tive eye surgery in Jan­uary.

The 83-year-old coach showed off his new, im­proved vi­sion this spring dur­ing a news con­fer­ence, re­mov­ing his spec­ta­cles to glance at a notepad. ‘I can read my notes with­out glasses,’ Paterno told the gath­ered re­porters. ‘It says here, “Keep your pa­tience with these guys.” ’

Paterno’s doc­tors have rec­om­mended that he con­tinue to wear his new, thin­ner glasses while on the side­line, not to up­hold tra­di­tion but sim­ply for pro­tec­tion.

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