UNIVERSITY PARK (AP) - A near-miss on the Penn State sideline left Joe Paterno sore, though this latest physical setback hasn't left the Hall of Fame head coach thinking about his future.
Another four, five years on the job? Hardly.
"I'm thinking about Purdue, I'm not worried about anything else right now ... I'm not worried about it," the 84-year-old Paterno said Tuesday when asked if his most recent set of aches and pains had him mulling the future.
"Who knows," Paterno added with a straight face, "maybe I'll go 10 years."
Just another year of coaching intrigue at Penn State (5-1, 2-0 Big Ten).
Paterno's contract is up this season, though he has offered no hints he's pondering retirement. And both Paterno and the administration have said a man who's held his job a record 46 seasons doesn't necessarily need something in writing to keep it.
"That's newspaper talk and media and fans," Paterno said about speculation. "But I feel too good for me to be thinking about that. Other than the leg ... hurting, I feel great."
Major college football's winningest coach is two wins away from Eddie Robinson, who had 408 at Grambling State for second among coaches in all divisions. John Gagliardi, still active at Division III St. John's, Minn., leads with 480.
In late July at Big Ten media day, Paterno said he felt he could go at least another four years - a standard response he's offered for decades to the retirement question.
On Aug. 7, Paterno suffered his latest ailments when 155-pound receiver Devon Smith accidentally ran into him in preseason drills. Paterno spent more than a day in the hospital treated for pelvis and right shoulder injuries.
Paterno gradually recovered and finally shed his cane the last few weeks as he returned to the sideline for at least the first halves of contests before going to the press box after halftime. JoePa said he was finally ready to spend a full afternoon on the field for last week's 13-3 win over Iowa when a Hawkeye nearly ran into him.
Two of Paterno's players quickly grabbed the coach and whisked him back, but that left his right leg sore. Fearing he would be a distraction, Paterno retreated back upstairs after halftime.
"The darn right leg," Paterno said before grunting. "It's still sore. So I went backwards a couple days, so I was scared to death to stay down there the second because I would be in the way."
Paterno walks at practice and remains active, safety Nick Sukay said. At times, players will hear Paterno barking out directions with his shrill voice while monitoring from a golf cart.
"He's still actively yelling from the cart," Sukay said Tuesday. "Even when he's not on the field, there's no difference."
The notoriously stubborn Paterno's goal is still to spend a full game on the sideline - he's called the press box view alongside his assistants "for the birds." He's also trying to stay off pain medication.
"I think as long as I can move around and nobody is worried about me, I can be helpful downstairs," Paterno said. "If I feel I can move around, and I can go find (assistant coach Mike) McQueary and yell at him in a hurry, then I'm OK."
Wherever Paterno was Saturday, the defense didn't miss a beat against Iowa.
Fourth in the nation in total defense (250.8 yards per game) and fifth in scoring (10.5 points), Linebacker U. will likely get cornerback Stephon Morris (left ankle) back for this weekend's homecoming game against Purdue.
Defensive coordinator Tom Bradley said last week he expected another injured defensive back, D'Anton Lynn back after missing two weeks with a concussion, though Paterno wasn't as optimistic Tuesday.
Doctors were being cautious with Lynn, the team's top corner, as well as backup tailback Brandon Beachum.
"I've really been needling the medical people, 'Let's get them doing some things,'" Paterno said. "I doubt if either one will play this week."
At quarterback, expect Penn State to play both Rob Bolden and Matt McGloin again. Bolden has started all six games, but McGloin has the better statistics.
Bolden is 42 of 92 passing for 486 yards with one touchdown and four interceptions, while McGloin is 56 of 95 for 758 yards, with five TDs and one pick.
Paterno said the Nittany Lions have the luxury of two quarterbacks in whom the coaches have confidence.
"It would be nice if we could get to the point when we're going to play one, but I'm not going to do it just to do it," he said. "I'm not going to second-guess myself on that one."