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Nittany Notes: Paterno Feeling Much Better, Penn State Spokesman Says

on June 16, 2010 11:26 AM

Despite having canceled an appearance slated for Philadelphia today, Penn State football Coach Joe Paterno is feeling much better lately, athletics spokesman Jeff Nelson reported Tuesday night.

He said Paterno's doctor would prefer that the coach not travel from the State College area until he is completely recovered.

Paterno "has been bothered by the lingering effects of an adverse reaction to antibiotic treatment for dental work, in addition to recovering from a recent bout of intestinal flu," according to a Monday statement from the university.

Still, the coach was well enough to visit a women's football fantasy camp on Friday at Beaver Stadium. He also has been in his office recently, Nelson noted in an e-mail message to StateCollege.com.

Paterno, 83, was to be the key figure in the "Evening with Joe" event scheduled for today. He canceled appearances at two other "Evening with Joe" events last month. He was to have been in Hershey and Pittsburgh for those.

The coach has said that if this were the regular season, and if his team were prepping for an away game, he would be "ready to go tomorrow," according to The Associated Press.

Well-wishers can send correspondence to Paterno at Penn State Football, Lasch Football Building, University Park, PA 16802.

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In other Penn State football news:

Divisional Breakdown: Different sources are calling for different answers to the divisional breakdown question. Some say a geographic breakdown would and should keep Penn State in the East. Others say Ohio State and Michigan should remain in the East, bumping Penn State to the West. 

Alex Kenney: State College High standout and future Nittany Lion Alex Kenney is really, really fast. The Centre Daily Times' Jeff Rice was able to catch up with the speedy sprinter about his future in Beaver Stadium.

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