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BYU football hosts Picture Day Saturday

The public is invited to Cougar Stadium Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon when the BYU football team holds its annual Picture Day.The first 500 people will receive posters, autographs can be obtained and fans can purchase tickets. On the field, players will be doing interviews and getting pictures taken for media use throughout the season. But they will take time to sign autographs along the railing on the west side of the field.

BYU is the preseason favorite to win the Western Athletic Conference, and 46 lettermen will be among the 105 players on hand Saturday. The first practice session is Saturday at 3 p.m. on the Fieldhouse practice field.

Pads can be worn beginning Aug. 17 in preparation for the Sept. 3 opener at Hawaii. Practices are scheduled twice a day at 9:45 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. The Cougar Club's Meet the Team Watermelon Bust is Friday, Aug. 26, at 6:30 p.m.

Paterno plans to stay at least 5 more years

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Joe Paterno left the door open to coaching Penn State through the end of the century, announcing Thursday he will wait at least five more seasons before retiring.

Paterno, 67, had said earlier that he would retire at age 70. He backed off of that statement after last season, then set a new deadline at a news conference the day before the Nittany Lions hold their first fall practice.

"I'm sure going to try another five years," he said. "Then, after that, we'll play it by ear."

Paterno said his age hasn't slowed him down.

"I had such a great summer," he said. "I was down on the beach and I got a couple of dumbbells - the girls are looking at me now."

Paterno has been head coach at Penn State since 1966 and was an assistant there from 1950 to 1965. He is fourth on the all-time coaching victories list with 257, more than any other active coach.