Joe Paterno's Public Viewing Draws Dozens Of Former Players

The Penn St. Nittany Lions community began a public viewing in memory of former coach Joe Paterno, who died Sunday morning after a battle with lung cancer. The viewing, which will last until late Tuesday night and resume Wednesday morning before Paterno's funeral, has brought three buses worth of current and former players into State College.

Players will take turns standing guard over Paterno's casket during the entire viewing schedule. New coach Bill O'Brien, local legend Franco Harris, and Mike McQueary, the former player graduate assistant who accused Jerry Sandusky of molesting a boy in Penn State's locker room, have all been spotted in attendance.

Thursday, the school's basketball arena will host another public event. Demand for space at all events is expected to be high -- at one point Tuesday, someone posted a pair of tickets on eBay, which reached $90,000 before being removed, though most of that price was likely the work of someone intentionally trying to get the auction taken down as a matter of taste.

For more on Paterno, visit Penn State blog Black Shoe Diaries, Big Ten blog Off Tackle Empire and SB Nation Pittsburgh. For more college football, stay tuned to SB Nation's college football news hub.

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