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Spread concepts around for decades

Originally Published: July 20, 2009
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

During the early 1960s, when Joe Paterno was still a Penn State assistant, he attended a coaching clinic in Reno, Nev.

Paterno invited Darrel "Mouse" Davis, a high school coach from Oregon, to lunch one day, and their conversation quickly turned to Davis' innovative offense. Davis had been running a high-octane passing game that featured only one running back and as many as four wide receivers.

At some point during lunch, Davis asked Paterno to diagram Penn State's defense ...

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