Penn State Quietly Seeking to Name Field After Joe Paterno

Penn State is secretly naming the Beaver Stadium field after late head coach Joe Paterno, who was controversial in his later years for his involvement in the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal. It has been reported.

A person close to the situation revealed that Spotlight PA Several Penn State University trustees reportedly met with “high-ranking university representatives” to privately discuss the possibility of naming the field after Paterno, which could violate state law. The law requires the governing body to conduct its business in public and for a period of 10 years, with the board of directors convening behind closed doors. ” Trustees are pushing for Paterno’s name on the field, but university officials are hesitant, the people said.

Paterno was Penn State’s head football coach for 45 years and won two national championships before joining the board. fired him in November 2011 During the Sandusky scandal.

In 2012, Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse and sentenced to up to 60 years in prison. Former university president Graham Spanier, former athletic director Tim Curley and former vice chancellor Gary Schultz were also jailed in connection with the scandal. Spanier was found guilty of misdemeanor child endangerment. Mr. Curley and Mr. Schultz pleaded guilty to the same charges.

Paterno was not charged. He passed away in January 2012.

The board fired Paterno in 2011 following the Jerry Sandusky scandal, and a statue dedicated to him was removed from the football stadium. He still holds the record for most wins in NCAA football history with 409 wins.

Penn State head coach Joe Paterno leads his team onto the field before the game between Penn State and Ohio State on September 23, 2006 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State won 28-6. (G. Newman Laurence/WireImage)

An anonymous Pennsylvania spokesperson wrote in an email: Spotlight PA “The Office and Board have embarked on a number of transformational initiatives based on President Bendapudi’s vision and goals, and we are implementing these priorities to continue to provide a world-class academic and student experience for years to come.” We focus on things.”

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