JoePa on cusp of 400-win plateau

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Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno enters his weekly news conference on Tuesday, Nov 2, 2010 in State College, PA.  Paterno has enough things to worry about beside going after his 400th career victory. So in typical fashion, Penn State's Hall of Fame coach downplayed questions Tuesday at Beaver Stadium about approaching his latest milestone when the Nittany Lions face Northwestern this weekend. (AP Photo/Pat Little)
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Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno enters his weekly news conference on Tuesday, Nov 2, 2010 …

The remarkable career of Joe Paterno can reach another pinnacle this weekend.

Penn State's iconic leader is just a win away from his 400th victory and a milestone no other FBS coach has ever reached.

Northwestern stands in the way when the Wildcats (6-2, 2-2 Big Ten) visit Beaver Stadium on Saturday. Paterno has pleaded this week to keep the focus on the game and not his 45-year tenure with the Nittany Lions (5-3, 2-2).

But JoePa remains the talk of Happy Valley, and much of the rest of the college football world, too.

Paterno's friend and fellow Hall of Famer Bobby Bowden says he'll be rooting for Paterno this weekend to achieve a goal that he wanted to reach before stepping down from Florida State after the 2009 season.

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