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With Meyer available, Penn State will have opening

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RALPH D. RUSSO | November 9, 2011 02:23 PM EST | AP


The last game Urban Meyer coached for Florida was against Penn State and Joe Paterno.

Now it's possible Meyer could be the man to replace Paterno, the winningest coach in Division I history, whose 46-season run with the Nittany Lions is ending because of a child sex abuse scandal involving a former assistant coach.

Paterno announced Wednesday that he will retire at the end of the season, though the board of trustees could cut that short.

This is certain: Penn State is going to hire a football coach for the first time since 1966 and one of the most successful of the last decade is available.