Sunday, August 30, 2015

Penn State plan for moment of silence won't mention Paterno

There are no plans to mention the late Joe Paterno when Penn State holds a moment of silence prior to Saturday's opening game.

Penn State plan for moment of silence won't mention Paterno

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Penn State will observe a moment of silence prior to Saturday’s season-opening game against Ohio at Beaver Stadium but apparently has no plans to mention the late Joe Paterno.

In a brief statement, the athletic department said, “We plan to allow for a moment of silent reflection for our fans to consider all victims of child sexual abuse and those who have endured suffering and loss.”

Saturday will mark the first football game at Beaver Stadium since Paterno’s death on Jan. 22.

Paterno, who spent 46 years as head coach and 61 years on the Nittany Lions’ staff, was fired Nov. 9 by Penn State’s board of trustees, who decided he should have done more in reporting former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky to authorities after hearing of a 2001 allegation of sexual abuse of a boy by Sandusky.

The Freeh Report also cited Paterno for a lack of involvement in the case, resulting in the dismantling of the statue honoring Paterno outside Beaver Stadium on July 22. The next day, NCAA sanctions removed 111 victories from Paterno’s record. He had ended his career with the most career wins by a Division I coach.

According to the Associated Press, members of the Paterno family are expected to be in attendance at Saturday's game watching from a suite.

--Joe Juliano

 

Inquirer Staff Writer
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Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 20 years, covering college sports, golf and the Penn Relays.

Joining Joe this season will be Erin McCarthy, an intern for The Inquirer and a junior at Penn State majoring in print and digital journalism. This is Erin's first season on the Penn State football beat. She previously spent two summers as an Inquirer summer intern on the Pennsylvania and South Jersey desks. She is also an editor for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A Delaware County native, Erin graduated from Episcopal Academy.

For Joe, this will be his fifth season on the paper's Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976 to 1984.

Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

Joe Juliano Inquirer Staff Writer
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