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Penn State Nittany Lions
May 5, 2010
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; - Penn State's Joe Paterno and Pittsburgh's Dave Wannstedt today pledged their support for the renewal of the Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association's (PSFCA) annual clinic and establishing spring practice for the state's high school football programs.
Paterno and Wannstedt met at the Lasch Football Building with three members of the PSFCA's leadership: President Mark Capuano (Sto-Rox HS), Frank Gay (Redland HS) and Tim Janocko (Clearfield HS).
Temple coach Al Golden also was invited to participate in the meeting but was unable to so due to Mid-American Conference meetings.
The PSFCA has proposed renewing its annual coaches' clinic and holding it on a rotating basis at Penn State and Pittsburgh, and possibly, Temple, in mid-February, after National Letter of Intent Day.
"I'm delighted that Dave and the coaches came up today to talk," Paterno said. "I'm really pleased with the (PSFCA) leadership. I think we ought to have a clinic that's a little bit more centralized, a little bit more predictable as to when we're going to have it, who is going to be involved in the presentation, whether we have some players that are going to be able to demonstrate and so forth.
"If we can have a clinic one year at Pitt, the next year at Penn State and get 4-5 of our coaches involved (from Penn State, Pitt and Temple), I think we can help, especially with some of the younger coaches and then build on it."
Paterno said that in addition to sessions with college and high school coaches and possible demonstrations by players, he was hopeful there also would be sessions at the clinic related to nutrition, sports psychology and helping the coaches prepare high school athletes for college.
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