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Paternos make annual $100K donation to Penn State

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Paternos make annual $100K donation to Penn State

By MARK SCOLFORO
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January 09, 2012


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and his wife donated $100,000 last month to Penn State, money that was split between a library and an undergraduate fellows program that bear the family name.

Sue Paterno on Monday described the contributions to the Paterno Liberal Arts Undergraduate Fellows Program and the Paterno Library as an annual gift.

Joe Paterno, 85, is being treated for lung cancer two months after university trustees fired him in the wake of allegations that former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky molested children on school property.

Students in the fellows program receive $1,500 to $5,000 to help fund research, overseas study and internships.

English professor Jack Selzer, who runs it, said the $50,000 gift was the couple's second contribution to the program.

"It helps students who otherwise would never have a chance to study abroad (to) have a chance," Selzer said. "It really frees them up for experiences that they could otherwise never afford."

The Paternos have long been major financial supporters of the university community, including millions to help build the library several years ago and at least $1 million for a campus interfaith spiritual center.

The former coach has not spoken publicly since his firing by the Board of Trustees less than a day after he announced his intention to retire at the end of the season. His retirement statement described the scandal as one of the great sorrows of his life, and said that in hindsight he wished he had done more.

In January 2011 testimony to an investigative grand jury, Joe Paterno described how a graduate assistant told him he saw Sandusky in the football team shower "fondling, whatever you might call it — I'm not sure what the term would be — a young boy."

Paterno testified that he informed Athletic Director Tim Curley about the report and was confident Curley would handle the matter appropriately.

The Paternos' son Jay told ESPN this weekend that his father is eager to tell his side of the story.

"He's very anxious to get out there soon and start to tell his side of the story and start to express — get all the facts out," Jay Paterno told ESPN. "What that timetable is, I don't know exactly. But he definitely is champing at the bit."

He was the school's head football coach for 46 seasons and holds the Division I coaching record with 409 career victories.

Joe Paterno's dismissal has been met with opposition by many of his former players and other alumni, and the backlash has galvanized campaigns to replace current trustees. New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien was hired last week as the school's new football coach.

Three town hall meetings this week for alumni to hear from school President Rodney Erickson have reached full capacity, meaning no additional registrations are being accepted for the events in downtown Pittsburgh on Wednesday, the Philadelphia suburb of King of Prussia on Thursday and in New York on Friday.

Erickson has billed the 90-minute events, sponsored by the Penn State Alumni Association, as a way for him to listen to alumni.

The Penn State Alumni Association has received and responded to thousands of emails and phone calls about the scandal and alumni have expressed "justifiable concerns and questions" about it, said association executive director Roger L. Williams.

During a similar forum with about 450 students and employees on Nov. 30, Erickson said the school would raise the visibility of ethics "to a new level" so that the university community will "learn to do the right thing the first time, every time."

Erickson, formerly Penn State's provost and an executive vice president, took the helm in November after Graham Spanier resigned after Sandusky was arrested on charges he molested children and two high-ranking school administrators were accused of lying to a grand jury investigating the matter.

Sandusky faces 52 criminal counts that involve 10 alleged victims over 15 years. Curley and Gary Schultz, a former vice president, are charged with perjury and failure to report suspected child abuse. All three men have denied the allegations and await trial. Schultz has since retired, while Curley is on leave.

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Who cares how little is donated.

Coverup!

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How can a donation be a coverup? I don't condone Paterno's part in the scandal by any means but I don't see how this donation can be considereed a coverup.

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This isn't the first time they have given the Universtiy money. Matter of fact, they do it often enough that it doesn't even make the news most of the time. Coverup? Give me a break. Like him or not, he is very generous with his money.

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I believe he kicked in around 2 Mill towards the library that bears his name.

Like already stated the Paterno's give back generously to the university, and not just towards football.

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He is not a bad guy. He has done more good for PSU probably than anybody in history.
He is a bit of a control freak and likely feared his empire would collapse because of Sandusky. He was correct.

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Joe has done more for PSU than anybody realizes - Joe and his wife have made PSU what it is today ! For year they gave and gave without any fan fare or publicity - and now the people are going to criticize. the man for it ?

I just sent a donation last week for the million dollar church that Joe and Sue have financed to be built in state college - sad but when its done we will probable have a Eulogy for joe since this whole situation and cancer will have killed him by then.

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Could he have been a little more classy and waited till after the weekend his successor was announced to have Jay Patero give us an update on his thoughts???? Classless and I'd like to say thoughtless but I think some thought was actually put into it, which is why Jay spoke when he did. Keystonepaul
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Whatever makes them sleep easier at night I guess

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How can a donation be a coverup? I don't condone Paterno's part in the scandal by any means but I don't see how this donation can be considereed a coverup.
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