Penn State Nittany Lions football under Joe Paterno (as an Independent)

Penn State Nittany Lions Football Under Joe Paterno (As An Independent)

Penn State Nittany Lions football under Joe Paterno (as an Independent)

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Joe Paterno is the current head coach of Penn State Nittany Lions football. Paterno has served as head coach since the retirement of Rip Engle after the 1965 season. His teams play their home games at Beaver Stadium in University Park, PA.

Penn State would play as an independent until the 1992 season. In 1993, the Nittany Lions would start playing a Big Ten Conference football schedule.

1966 season





NFL/AFL Common Draft

Three Nittany Lions were drafted in the 1967 NFL/AFL Common Draft.



1967 season





NFL/AFL Common Draft

Three Nittany Lions were drafted in the 1968 NFL/AFL Common Draft.



1968 season



The 1968 team was Paterno's first perfect season. Despite going 11-0, the Nittany Lions finished behind 9-0 Ohio State and 9-0-1 USC in both polls.



NFL/AFL Common Draft

Five Nittany Lions were drafted in the 1969 NFL/AFL Common Draft.



1969 season



Despite posting its second consecutive undefeated, untied season, the Nittany Lions did not have a shot at the national championship. President Richard Nixon said that he would consider the winner of the December 6 matchup between the Texas Longhorns and the Arkansas Razorbacks, then ranked at the top of the polls, and the real voters do not seem to have differed. At the time, national champions were selected before bowl games were played. Paterno, at the 1973 commencement, was quoted saying, "I'd like to know how could the president know so little about Watergate in 1973 and so much about college football in...
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