Originally created 11/17/06

Paterno expected to coach Nittany Lions



STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Joe Paterno said he will be at Beaver Stadium for his team's regular-season finale against Michigan State.

The 79-year-old head coach did not specifically say he would be coaching against the Spartans, but Penn State spokesman Jeff Nelson said he expects that will be the case.

Defensive coordinator Tom Bradley and offensive coordinator Galen Hall have been substituting for Paterno since he had leg surgery nearly two weeks ago.

GEORGIA TECH: Perhaps in a perfect scenario quarterback Reggie Ball could take a bow with the rest of Georgia Tech's senior class and, after making the start, sit out most of Saturday's home game against Duke.

Some question if it's smart for Georgia Tech to take the risk of an already gimpy Ball being exposed to future injury risk against Duke. Georgia Tech has already won the Atlantic Coast Conference's Coastal Division title, so bigger games lie ahead in next week's battle for state bragging rights against Georgia and the Dec. 2 ACC championship game in Jacksonville, Fla.

"I can't think in those terms, but if Duke would cooperate by not playing, then that would be great," coach Chan Gailey said. "But I think they're going to come in and play pretty hard and try to win the game. So, we're going to have to play our best."

FLORIDA: Defensive end Jarvis Moss has been suspended for Saturday's game against Western Carolina, days after he blocked two crucial kicks in the third-ranked Gators' victory over South Carolina on Saturday.

Coach Urban Meyer declined to give a reason for the suspension.

NAGURSKI TROPHY: Clemson defensive end Gaines Adams is among the five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy awarded each year to the nation's most outstanding Division I defensive football player.

The other finalists are Leon Hall, defensive back, Michigan; James Laurinaitis, linebacker, Ohio State; Reggie Nelson, defensive back, Florida; and Patrick Willis, linebacker, Mississippi.