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PATERNO SIGNS EXTENSION, PLANS TO STAY THROUGH '04

Joe Paterno signed a five-year contract extension Monday, and the 73-year-old Penn State coach said he has every intention of staying through 2004.

"I enjoy coaching and would like to continue as long as my health will permit," Paterno said in a statement. "I look forward to fulfilling this contract and, deep down, to going even longer because I'm excited by all of the positive things that are happening at Penn State."

The university would not release the terms of the contract.

Paterno is entering his 51st year on Penn State's staff, his 35th as head coach.

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