LAST JANUARY, someone stole the glasses off the 7-foot statue of Penn State football coach Joe Paterno that stands outside Beaver Stadium.
Perhaps Joe liked the look. He recently had vision surgery and no longer needs his trademark thick-lens specs.
But that doesn't necessarily mean he won't still wear glasses.
A school spokesman confirmed yesterday that the 83-year-old Hall of Famer had the surgery last month. The procedure was performed by his friend, Dr. Stuart Fine, an ophthalmologist based in Philly.
"I had trouble reading for the last 6 months, so I went down to Philadelphia to the Penn Scheie Eye Institute," Paterno told FightOnState.com. "And the guy says to me . . . 'I think we can fix that up.' So they went in and did it. I don't really need glasses anymore."