Penn State to Honor Paterno

    STATE COLLEGE, PA - JANUARY 22: Candles, many burnt out, circle the statue of Joe Paterno, the former Penn State football coach, outside of Beaver Stadium in the early hours of January 22, 2012 in State College, Pennsylvania. The community was reacting to news that Joe Paterno, who is suffering from lung cancer and who was fired in November in the aftermath of child sex abuse charges against a former assistant, was in serious condition. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

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    Penn State University President Rodney Erickson says the school plans to honor legendary former football coach Joe Paterno, who died Sunday morning at the age of 85. In a statement Erickson called Paterno “a great man who made us a greater university,” and said that his “dedication to ensuring his players were successful both on the field and in life is legendary.” It’s not clear if the school is planning an official memorial. Paterno was fired from Penn State in November amid a child-sex-abuse scandal involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

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