Another Penn State trustee is urging a close look at the Paterno family's critique of a school-sanctioned report by former FBI director Louis Freeh on the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
CLEVELAND - The Winking Lizard Tavern in downtown Cleveland was packed with football fans watching the NFL playoff game between the Baltimore Ravens and the New England Patriots. But much of the talk was about what happened before the game.
On Sunday morning, the family of Joe Paterno announced that he had passed away at the age of 85. Paterno, the former head football coach at Penn State University, was fired last November for his connection with the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case. Sandusky is accused of abusing children over a 15-year period of time.
"It's interesting," said Al Neis, who received his masters from Penn State. "How we are so challenged with the last three months. Those are not conditions that we would like to remember him with."
Neis said he and other alumni are concerned about the way Paterno will be remembered in history.
"He made a mistake and he didn't know how to handle the situation that was presented to him," said Neis.
"It's kind of a shame that he won't be able to clear his name," said Matt Aranabage, a rabid Ohio State fan. "He was known as an educator so hopefully he'll be remembered for that."
Paterno won 409 games as a head football coach in college football the most in NCAA history. Although the victory was short-lived, as the Sandusky scandal came out about a week later.
"I feel like all that stress kind of built up on him and it took it's toll," said Brian Clark, surrounded by friends all nodding their heads in agreement.
There has been some talk of removing the statue of Paterno because of the controversy. University officials deny that the statue will be removed.
A report commissioned by Joe Paterno's family says the late coach did nothing wrong in his handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal and portrays the late Hall of Fame coach as the victim of a "rush to injustice" created by former FBI director Louis Freeh's investigation of the case for Penn State.
Joe Paterno's family says it's encouraged by word that Gov. Tom Corbett is filing a federal lawsuit against the NCAA over its sanctions against Penn State.
A year ago, as Jerry Sandusky was awaiting trial, Joe Paterno was telling a reporter he had "no inkling" before 2001 that Sandusky may have been a pedophile and Penn State's recently departed president Graham Spanier faced no criminal charges.
Penn State trustees on Monday released a statement intended to underscore their rationale for his ouster: "failure of leadership" for his actions following a reported sex assault involving former assistant Jerry Sandusky.
Special Olympics of Pennsylvania says it has received about $80,000 in donations in memory of late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno.
Penn State security had to turn away mourners as viewing hours for the late Joe Paterno ended Wednesday after thousands of students, alumni and admirers had filed past the football coach's closed casket to pay their respects.
They stood outside for hours on a winter afternoon, waiting to pay their respects to the late Joe Paterno. The line snaked down a long block on the Penn State campus.
Derek Fox of Canton said Joe Paterno taught him more about life than he did about football during his years at Penn State.
The family of legendary former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno says he will be buried Wednesday, and there will be three days of public memorial events this week.