Jay Paterno is melding the world of bits and bytes with that of hits and highlights in his Penn State quarterback meetings.
It's all made possible by the newest addition to the coaching staff -- a PlayStation 3.
The idea is to give the Penn State quarterbacks more work on their playbook, which is loaded onto a Madden football game for use in the video game machine.
Simulators long have been used for the training of pilots, but those are high-buck machines. NASCAR driver Carl Edwards struck a blow for off-the-shelf video games when he won a race at Pocono in 2005, his first visit to the track, and credited it to preparation he got from playing a retail video game. Edwards has said since that a neophyte could play a video game of a track and be 90 percent of the way to mastering it.
"It would be tough to put a percentage on it," said Paterno of the PlayStation work for his quarterbacks, but he's convinced it will pay dividends.