Paterno wants Eastern team in Big Ten

Updated: May 27, 2009, 7:50 PM ET
Associated Press

FOGELSVILLE, Pa. -- Joe Paterno says he'd like to see either Rutgers, Pittsburgh or Syracuse join the Big Ten.

The legendary Penn State coach also knows which school he wants to keep out: Notre Dame.

Paterno met with reporters Wednesday at an alumni event near Allentown.

He said the Big Ten should add an Eastern team, especially one that plays in the New York media market.

He says there might be pressure to add Notre Dame, which rejected an invitation to join the Big Ten a decade ago. Paterno's view: "They've had their chance."

Penn State became the Big Ten's 11th member in 1991. Rutgers, Pittsburgh and Syracuse are currently members of the Big East conference.


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