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Paterno Wants Big Ten To Expand -- Just Not To South Bend

For months now, iconic Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, the octogenarian that he is, has been lobbying for the Big Ten to expand.

He was back at it again this week, but this time he's being more specific: No Notre Dame. At least that's what he said while speaking in Allentown, Pa., according to the Associated Press.

Not that Notre Dame is looking, though. The Irish are part of the Big East in most sports and are one of the lone independents in football, but with an NBC television contract are one of the most profitable teams in the country.

Paterno said in the AP story if Notre Dame were to be interested, though, the Big Ten should say no because "they had their chance."

The Journal Gazette's Assistant Sports Editor Tony Krausz covers The University of Notre Dame. Krausz, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a native of St. Louis, has been assistant sports editor since October 2005. Prior to joining the JG, he worked at two papers in Mississippi covering high school and college athletics.

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