Paterno was sacked in the midst of an investigation into his longtime assistant, Jerry Sandusky, who was found guilty of sexually abusing 10 children, using his position as a Penn State football coach to lure many of his victims, and even the school's facilities for some of those encounters.
Penn State athletics announced its promotions schedule for the 2016 football season on Thursday, with one item sure to cause conversation within the community. He was sacked in 2011 during the fallout of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal, and passed away in 2012. Sandusky, an assistant under Paterno from 1969 to 1999, was sentenced to 60 years in prison for multiple incidents of sexual abuse of minors.
The decision to celebrate the coach will undoubtedly be controversial and met with significant criticism from those unaffiliated with Penn State.
It's the first time Paterno will be acknowledged in Beaver Stadium since he walked out for the last time on October 29, 2011. A spokesman said that the athletic department planned no further comment beyond the announcement. The longtime coach was sacked on November 9th, 2011 and then passed away a little more than two months later at the age of 85.
A total of 111 wins from 1998 through 2012, 110 of which belonged to Paterno, were vacated in 2012 after the Freeh Report's findings were revealed.