``I think it's a crying shame when people like that can't be kept in our profession,'' he said. ``They're all good people and I am truly sorry to see them go.''
Paterno's 11th-ranked Nittany Lions (8-2, 4-2) have games remaining this season against two Big Ten schools with second-year coaches. Penn State plays at No. 16 Michigan (7-2, 4-2) Saturday and hosts Michigan State Nov. 23.
Paterno, whose teams have won two national championships, said the coaching carousel makes his job more difficult.
``You've got to get used to new people,'' he said. ``New schemes on both offense and defense. Different psychology. Different people handle things in different ways. It makes our job more demanding.''
The nation's winningest active coach said his team took advantage of the off week to get rested and healthy.
``It can work either way. There are some years where I would not want to have a week off,'' Paterno said. ``But I think we needed this week off. Many of the young kids were getting tired and run down. Now, we're fresh. I think it's a big advantage for us.''
Paterno was also asked his opinion on the Boston College gambling scandal. Thirteen players were suspended last week for violating an NCAA rule that prohibits gambling.
``The rules we have are tough because they don't apply to society,'' Paterno said, referring to the popularity of lotteries, legalized gambling and office betting pools. ``You can't just take a bunch of people and say, OK, we're going to take you out of all that and put you over here - as if we're monks.''