More Penn State football players received recognition yesterday.

Senior middle linebacker Dan Connor, a Strath Haven graduate, was selected as a first-team all-American by and a second-team all-American by the Sporting News.

Sophomore defensive end Maurice Evans and junior outside linebacker Sean Lee were chosen third-team all-Americans by

Four players made the Sporting News' freshman all-Big Ten team: defensive end Aaron Maybin, defensive tackle Ollie Ogbu, tailback Evan Royster, and guard Stefen Wisniewski.

Don't know about Joe.

Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden recently signed a one-year extension that will roll over after each season until he decides to retire.

Asked last week whether Penn State would consider a deal similar to Bowden's for Joe Paterno, director of athletics Tim Curley said he didn't know.

"We haven't had a chance to sit down and talk," Curley said. "We'll just see where this goes."

Remarkably, Paterno had to be informed of the Bowden news. He does not own a computer and said he does not read newspapers.

"I've got better things to do," Paterno said.

Bye week.

Earlier this week, the Big Ten announced that it was moving to a 13-week season for 2009, giving teams a bye week.

Instead of the conference season finale ending the week before Thanksgiving - as has been the case in recent years - it will end after the holiday, as is the case in most conferences.

Paterno has long been an advocate of giving players a break during the grinding 12-game season.

"I think we owe it to the kids to give them a chance to get caught up academically and physically," he said.