The funeral for Penn St. Nittany Lions coach Joe Paterno will be held at Koch Funeral Home in State College, with the Patriot-News reporting details about the memorial are expected to be announced later Monday. The family and school are coordinating plans at this point, and PSU president Rodney Erickson has said the school will honor Paterno in its own way -- just weeks after firing him due to his role in the Jerry Sandusky tragedy.
Erickson's statement on Paterno:
We grieve for the loss of Joe Paterno, a great man who made us a greater university. His dedication to ensuring his players were successful both on the field and in life is legendary and his commitment to education is unmatched in college football. His life, work and generosity will be remembered always. The University plans to honor him for his many contributions and to remember his remarkable life and legacy. We are all deeply saddened. We are considering appropriate ways to honor the great life and legacy of Joe Paterno. The University's Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is consulting with members of the Penn State community on the nature and timing of the gathering.
Paterno's family has requested donations be made to the Special Olympics in lieu of flowers.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett has ordered the state's flags to be flown at half-mast in remembrance of Paterno