PSU To Remember The Alamo

New Zealand author Michael Baigent leaves the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Tuesday March 7, 2006 after giving evidence in his case. Baigent, who is suing the publishers of "The Da Vinci Code," claiming infringement of copyright, admitted before the court Tuesday that he had exaggerated his case that the bestselling book copied his own work.

For the first time in nine years, Penn State Coach Joe Paterno won't be celebrating New Year's Day coaching on the sidelines at a bowl game.

The 15th-ranked Nittany Lions (9-3, 5-3 Big Ten) on Wednesday accepted a bid to the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio on Dec. 28. They will play a still-to-be-determined team from the Big 12, with Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Texas as possible opponents.

It is the 30th time in 34 seasons that the Nittany Lions have gone to a bowl under Paterno, breaking the mark of 29 appearances set by the late Paul "Bear" Bryant. Paterno is also the all-time leader in victories in bowl games with 19, the last one coming this past Jan. 1 after defeating Kentucky 26-14 in the Outback Bowl.

But Penn State's first appearance in the Alamo Bowl also ends the school's eight-year streak of appearing in a New Year's Day bowl game.

"I haven't thought of that really," Paterno said about the streak. "Obviously it's a little disappointing to not end up in the Bowl Championship Series. But I don't think anyone has given it much thought."

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