He's old. That's true. This still indicates a mindset Paterno has had for decades. If he doesn't think about it, it doesn't exist and he can't name it so nothing happened.
"I can't tell you how much this means to me," Parerno told the students, reports ESPN. "I've lived for this place. I've lived for people like you guys and girls."
As opposed to those other kids who Joe didn't live for, the ones who don't show up on his doorstep and cheer him.