If Joe Paterno Can’t Hear Someone on the Other End of the Phone, What Exactly Can He Hear?

December 13, 2010 – 6:45 am by Eric Schmoldt

Far be it from me to try and say when legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno should call it quits, but this next interview — or lack thereof — doesn’t particularly bode well.

Paterno has been the coach of the Nittany Lions since 1966. He notched his 400th career victory this season, has a record 24 career bowl victories, two national championships and says he’s going to continue for at least one more season.

Of course, he couldn’t talk about any of that because he couldn’t seem to hear a radio host who was screaming into his microphone, trying to conduct an interview. It at least makes you wonder what he can hear when he’s on the sideline coaching a game.

Joe Paterno tried to join WDAE in Tampa with Steve Dueming to discuss what I’m sure would have been a wide variety of topics, but instead turned into nearly two minutes of trying to find a way for Paterno to hear the host.

On the fact that Paterno once recruited the host’s brother:

“You’ve gotta speak up, there’s a lot of people around here.”

Host: What I was saying was you sat in my living room recruiting my brother a long time ago.

“I can’t hear a word you’re saying. Hang on just a second.” To someone nearby: “Hey, see if you can get it, I can’t.” Someone else who was standing nearby: “Are you there?” Host: I’m here. Nearby person: “OK, is there any way you could speak up?”

I’m screaming into the microphone as it is now and he’s live on the air, so I’m yelling at the top of my lungs. I don’t know if the noise is too much there that he can’t hear me?:

Guy nearby: “No, we’re in a pretty quiet area. Do you want to try again?”

(Screaming) I can hear you great and I don’t know, can you hear me?:

Paterno: “Talk up.”

I’m screaming at the top of my lungs. I can’t talk any louder than this:

“I’ll tell you, I’m having trouble hearing you.”

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? … No, he can’t.

Listen to Joe Paterno as he tries to join WDAE in Tampa here

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