An emotional Jay Paterno was one of the first people to go through the tunnel Saturday after Penn State arrived at Beaver Stadium for its game against Nebraska.
Paterno, the team’s quarterbacks coach and son of Joe Paterno, quickly blew through the phalanx of screaming fans behind fences on both sides of the path leading into the stadium. He almost ripped the arm off a guard who engaged him in a handshake.
Paterno has not commented on Wednesday night’s firing of his father by the university’s Board of Trustees.
Interim head coach Tom Bradley, who will be the first person to be in charge of a Nittany Lions football game since Paterno’s first year of 1966, walked through the crowd looking businesslike and a bit bemused. He went directly into the stadium before going to the locker room, high-fiving students who had arrived early.