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Paterno, Tressel won't attend meetings

CHICAGO -- Penn State head coach Joe Paterno and his Ohio State counterpart, Jim Tressel, won't be attending Big Ten spring meetings this week.

Paterno, Tressel and Minnesota men's basketball coach Tubby Smith are all absent. Paterno has been battling the flu and canceled a recent appearance. The 83-year-old has been one of the Big Ten's most vocal advocates of expansion, the hot-button topic this week.

All three coaches will send assistants in their place. Penn State offensive coordinator Galen Hall and Ohio State assistant head coach/wide receivers coach Darrell Hazell are expected to attend.

It's not unusual for a head coach to miss the spring meetings. Iowa's Kirk Ferentz was absent last year and sent defensive coordinator Norm Parker in his place.