STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State’s season opener this Saturday will be the first since 1949 not featuring someone with the last name Paterno on the coaching staff. They’re out of the picture, like the campus statue of the family patriarch; erased like his coaching records.
But the family will be in Beaver Stadium in spirit, if not watching from a skybox — life goes on for the clan that was synonymous with Penn State for decades and remains firmly rooted in a supportive community.
Scandal tarnished the legacy of the late Joe Paterno, the Hall of Famer who coached the Nittany Lions until his firing days after former assistant Jerry Sandusky was arrested on child sex abuse charges. Son and former assistant coach Jay Paterno no longer tutors the quarterbacks.
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