JoePa uncomfortable without glasses

Updated: February 11, 2010, 6:38 PM ET
Associated Press

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Penn State coach Joe Paterno may not need his trademark thick-rimmed glasses any more.

A team spokesman said Thursday the 83-year-old Hall of Famer had vision surgery last month after the Capital One Bowl.

JoePa attended a medical charity function earlier Thursday. He told Fight On State, a Web site that covers Penn State football, that he had been having trouble reading the last six months, so he visited a Philadelphia eye doctor he had known for decades.

Paterno says he still feels funny without glasses, so he had a set made with similar frames but much thinner lenses. He wore those glasses to the charity event.

Paterno had long been known for pacing the sideline during games wearing rolled-up khakis and his smoky, Coke bottle-thick glasses.


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