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Paterno reiterates retirement not in his immediate future

Updated: July 25, 2008, 1:22 AM ET
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

CHICAGO -- Joe Paterno wouldn't say how long he plans to keep coaching at Penn State, but the 81-year-old icon was full of punch lines as he addressed a ballroom full of reporters at Big Ten media day.

"Obviously, you get tired of answering the same question: 'When are you going to retire?'" Paterno said. "You can only answer so many ways."

Paterno, who is set to begin his 43rd season as Penn State's coach, answered the question more than a few ways on Thursday.

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