Penn State commemorated the 50th anniversary of Paterno's coaching debut, in addition to his commitment to student-athletes and academics, during the Nittany Lions' game Saturday against Temple. Early in the second quarter in the matchup with in-state rival Temple, Beaver Stadium announcer Dean DeVore directed an announced 100,420 fans’ attention to two high-definition video boards for a two-minute video featuring highlights of Paterno’s career. Another video played in the third quarter, this one dedicated to Paterno and his widow Sue, and it featured their $4 million donation put toward expanding the library and local hospital. Some Temple fans, however, high up in the stadium turned their backs during a tribute and flashed a sign that said "He turned his back so we'll turn ours." The weekend’s festivities, including a non-university event to commemorate the coach organized by Paterno’s family and former players on Friday night, have fueled debate over whether Paterno should be celebrated in any way after his role in the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
PSU fans cheer Paterno tribute, others protest
USA Today | Sep 18