PSU AD issues statement on honoring anniversary of Joe Paterno's first game
If there was any notion that Penn State was going to cancel its plans to honor the 50th anniversary of Joe Paterno’s first game as head coach, it’s gone.
Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour released a statement on the controversial subject. The “Golden Anniversary” celebration is set for Saturday’s game, despite some strong opposition.
Here’s Barbour’s full statement:
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Joe Paterno’s first game and first victory as head coach. On September 17, commemorative activities will focus on the commitment he had to student-athletes and academics, as well as highlights of the 1966 game.
This Saturday at Beaver Stadium as we face Temple University, we will highlight the student-athletes he impacted. Members of the 1966 team, co-captains Mike Irwin and John Runnells, will be participating in the on-field coin toss. Further in-game introductions of players will take place, along with video presentations on the impact to student-athletes.
Coach Paterno wanted academic success not only for his players but also for every student who came through Penn State. Together with his wife, Sue, they helped countless students become leaders and earn a Penn State diploma. Our plans are consistent with the wishes of the Paterno family as well, with a focus on the players and their accomplishments at Penn State and beyond.
Penn State and Temple are set to kick off on Saturday at noon ET in State College.