Pasqualoni Remembers Paterno

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Paul Pasqualoni (Tyler Barrick/Getty Images Sport)

Paul Pasqualoni (Tyler Barrick/Getty Images Sport)

STORRS, Conn. (AP) _ The University of Connecticut’s head football coach says lessons he learned as a Penn State player under Coach Joe Paterno still resonate with him more than 40 years later.

Paul Pasqualoni, a member of Penn State’s Class of 1972, said Sunday that there “could not have been a better experience” to help him learn to coach than being around Paterno and being part of the Nittany Lions.

Paterno died Sunday at age 85 of complications from lung cancer.

Pasqualoni said Sunday that he realized early in his career at Penn State that he’d have difficulty getting much playing time because great players were ahead of him.

He said when he decided to focus on teaching and coaching, he learned lessons from Paterno that he still uses at UConn.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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