Penn State to Honor Joe Paterno

Penn State plans to honor late head coach Joe Paterno prior to a game against Temple University in two weeks. According to the team’s promotional schedule, it will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Paterno’s first game coaching the Nittany Lions. Paterno has never been officially honored at the university’s Beaver Stadium since he was fired in 2011 amid the sexual-abuse scandal involving assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. An investigation found that Paterno concealed details relating to Sandusky’s serial abuse of young boys and suggested he actively protected the assistant coach from being reported to law-enforcement officials. As a result, the NCAA vacated all of the school’s wins from a 13-year period, effectively stripping Paterno of his title as winningest coach in college football history. Paterno died of lung cancer several months later.