There will never be another coaching career like Joe Paterno's.
His time at Penn State started long before coaches were pulling down multimillion dollar salaries, before fire so-and-so.com websites and win-now-or-else attitudes at programs that have rarely contended for championships.
No Division I coach won more games (409) or had a longer run at one school than Paterno.
It's hard to fathom a coach staying at a power program such as Penn State for even 20 years these days, let alone the 46 seasons Paterno led the Nittany Lions.
Coaches who come to define not just a team but a school, Hall of Famers such as Bear Bryant, Tom Osborne, Bo Schembechler, Bobby Bowden and Paterno, seem to be going the way of the wishbone and tear-away jerseys in college football.
"Look what's happening," Bowden said Sunday, hours after Paterno died at the age of 85. "Coaches getting fired in two years. Coaches making a million dollars here and they get $2 million and they leave. They break a five-year contract. You've got unloyalty at both ends."
The 82-year-old Bowden was nudged into retirement two years ago after 34 seasons at Florida State. Paterno was fired in November after his former defensive coordinator, Jerry Sandusky, was charged with sexually abusing children.
With Florida Atlantic coach Howard Schnellenberger's retirement at age 77, Kansas State's 72-year-old Bill Snyder is the oldest active coach in major college football.
Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer, 65, who has been at the school since 1987, is now the longest-tenured coach in Division I football. The next-longest continuous tenure among current coaches belongs to 60-year-old Mack Brown, who has been at Texas since 1998.
Even elite top-notch programs get used as steppingstones these days.
Alabama's Nick Saban left Michigan State for LSU, where he won a national title in 2003. He then bailed on the Tigers for the Miami Dolphins before landing at Alabama and winning two national championships for the Tide in five seasons.
"Coaches are making so much money that if they're successful they can retire early in life and if they're not successful the school is going to get rid of them real quick," Bowden said. "It's not likely we're going to see anybody last as long as Joe and myself."