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    >> a public viewing will be held this afternoon for joe paterno ahead of a private funeral on wednesday. the legendary penn state football coach died at the age of 85 on sunday, less than three months after being diagnosed with lung cancer . we are joined now by his son jay paterno. good morning. let me start by expressing my condolences to you and your family.

    >> thank you, matt. good morning to you, too.

    >> how's everybody doing?

    >> well, it's been a little bit of an up and down ride since sunday -- really since friday when it looked like joe was going to pass. i think our family is very, very strong. we have leaned on each other and had support from so many people, students, alums, notes and cards from everywhere. it helped sustain us .

    >> i want to ask about the stress and strain your dad was under during the last couple of months. obviously he was let go as the head coach of penn state in the wake of the jerry sandusky scandal. a lot of critics felt your dad should have done much more when he learned information about mr. sandusky. what toll did it take on him and what toll has it taken on your family?

    >> well, i think the big thing with my dad is through the last couple months you really got to see his true character in terms of even with all the things that were happening to him there was never a situation where he sat around and felt bad for himself. he was very positive with us about the direction he wanted the rest of his life to go and how he wanted to continue to build penn state and also to make sure justice was done for the victims involved. so that really didn't take much of a toll on him. he's a strong individual and he's passed that on to us. we try to live the same way we he did.

    >> i read a quote of his and i wonder if this shed light on the last couple of months. one of his great quotes is losing a game is heartbreaking, losing your sense of excellence or worth is a tragedy. do you think in the wake of what happened over the last couple of months he lost a little of his sense of excellence?

    >> absolutely not. one of the things joe has always told us is there is a difference between success and excellence. success is how others perceive you. excellence is something very personal. it is a standard you uphold. throughout his life he's done what he believed was right given the facts he had in front of him at the time. he did what he thought was right. i don't think there is a question in his mind he didn't lose a sense of excellence. obviously that's something he held very dear.

    >> people now debate his legacy. your dad had 17 grandchildren. i think the youngest is a young girl , just about 2 1/2 years old.

    >> yeah.

    >> when she starts to learn about your dad, about joe paterno what do you want her to know about him?

    >> one of the great things about my dad has been his integrity, loyalty, honesty and his fairness. i hope in his life when the youngest grandchild gets old enough to understand his career as a coach or mentor, so much more than winning games. i hope she understands that. i hope my children get to understand that he was -- this was an incomparable life, a life that he really lived up to the values he espoused.

    >> jay paterno, my condolences to you and your family. thanks for joining me this morning.

    >> thanks, matt.

    >> we're back in a moment. this is "today" on nbc.

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updated 1/24/2012 9:07:00 AM ET 2012-01-24T14:07:00

Joe Paterno’s legacy may be divided between those who view him as a college football legend and those who felt he could have done more to stop the alleged child abuse perpetrated by former assistant Jerry Sandusky. But they can both agree on one thing: There will never be another one like him.

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“This was an incomparable life,’’ his son, Jay Paterno, told TODAY’s Matt Lauer Tuesday. “He really lived up to the values that he espoused.’’

Video: Paterno son: Scandal didn’t tarnish dad’s legacy (on this page)

“JoePa,’’ who died of lung cancer at age 85 Sunday, won an NCAA football-record 409 games, leading the Nittany Lions to a pair of national championships and five undefeated seasons while sending more than 250 of his players to the NFL. That legacy was scarred when Paterno was fired in November in the wake of a child sex abuse scandal involving Sandusky, his former veteran defensive coordinator. Paterno came under scrutiny for having been informed of Sandusky’s behavior by an assistant and passing it up the chain of command rather than doing more to ensure that Sandusky would not be allowed to harm other children.

Story: Paterno loses battle with lung cancer

Jay Paterno was his father’s quarterback coach and an intimate witness to the strain on the man that even Jay and his siblings simply called “Joe.’’ His father died less than three months after being diagnosed with lung cancer.

“Through the last couple months you’ve gotten a chance to see his true character in terms of even with all the things that were happening to him, it was never a situation where he sat around and felt bad for himself,’’ Paterno said. “He was very positive with us about the direction he wanted the rest of his life to go and how he wanted to continue to build Penn State and to make sure justice was done for the victims involved. That really didn’t take that much of a toll on him because he’s just such a strong individual.’’

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Jay Paterno said his dad, former Penn State coach Joe Paterno, will be remembered for his "integrity and fairness."

Paterno never held a grudge against the university that fired him, according to another of Joe's five children, Scott.

“Even at the end when it was clear that he passed a line of no return, it was never a moment of bitterness,’’ Scott Paterno told the Associated Press. “It was never a moment of fear. He was serenely calm, even right up to the end.''

Paterno was focused on more than just winning games. His “Grand Experiment’’ was an expectation that his players could uphold high academic and moral standards while still being successful on the field at a big-time football program. His teams produced 13 Academic All-Americans in the last five seasons alone and had an 85 percent graduation rate in 2009.

“I think one of the great things about my dad has been his integrity, his loyalty and his fairness,’’ Jay said. “I hope that when (his) youngest grandchild gets old enough to understand his career as a coach, an educator, a mentor was so much more than winning games.’’

Story: Tribues to Joe Paterno pile up at Penn State

Despite the scandal, Jay Paterno said his father never lost the character that defined him.

“One thing Joe always told us is that there’s a difference between success and excellence,’’ Paterno said. “Success is how people perceive you, but excellence is something very personal. It’s a standard you uphold and throughout his entire life he’s always done what he believed was right given the facts that he had in front of him at the time. I don’t think there’s any question in his mind that he didn’t lose any sense of excellence. That’s something he held very dear to himself.’’

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  1. Joe Paterno was a co-captain on the 1949 Brown University football team. (AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Paterno directs Penn State players in this 1965 file photo. (File / ASSOCIATED PRESS) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Paterno is photographed at University Park, Pa., on Feb. 19, 1966. (ASSOCIATED PRESS) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Paterno is embraced by his wife, Sue, following Penn State's victory over Texas in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas on Jan. 1, 1972. The Nittany Lions beat the Longhorns 30-6. (ASSOCIATED PRESS) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. John Cappelletti, running back for Penn State, is shown here at the Downtowm Athletic Club in New York City, Dec. 4, 1973 as he was named Heisman Trophy winner as the outstanding college football player of the year. Standing beside the trophy with John is Paterno. (Marty Lederhandler / ASSOCIATED PRESS) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Paterno calls his Nittany Lions to a workout in Miami, Dec. 26, 1973. The team arrived Christmas night and worked out daily to prepare for their Orange Bowl game with LSU on Jan. 1. (ASSOCIATED PRESS) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. LSU Tigers coach Charlie McClendon, left, and Paterno shake hands at the annual Orange Bowl coaches' luncheon in Miami, Dec. 28, 1973. LSU and Penn State clashed in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 1. (Hjs / ASSOCIATED PRESS) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Paterno, left, poses with John Cappelletti, Penn State running back at the Touchdown Club of Washington awards dinner in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 19, 1974. Paterno received the College Coach of the Year award and Cappelletti was presented the College Back of the Year award. (ASSOCIATED PRESS) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Paterno celebrates after his Nittany Lions defeated the Baylor Bears in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas Jan. 1, 1975. Penn State won the game, 41-20. (ASSOCIATED PRESS) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Paterno watches from the sideline as his team plays against Arizona State during first half action in the Fiesta Bowl in Tempe, Ariz., Dec. 25, 1977. Penn State beat the Sun Devils 42-30 ending its season with a 11-1 record. (ASSOCIATED PRESS) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Paterno is shown on the field as his team starts a drill session in New Orleans Dec. 29, 1983. The Nittany Lions met Georgia in the Sugar Bowl for the national title Jan. 1. (Jack Thornell / ASSOCIATED PRESS) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Paterno is carried off the field following the Nittany Lions 27-23 defeat of Georgia in the Sugar Bowl to claim the National Championship, Jan. 2, 1983 at the Superdome in New Orleans. (File / ASSOCIATED PRESS) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Paterno directs his players as they start their first practice after arriving in Tempe, Ariz., on Dec. 26, 1986. Penn State faced Miami in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 2. (Jeff Robbins / ASSOCIATED PRESS) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Paterno is shown at a pep rally for his team in Phoenix, Ariz., Jan. 2, 1987. Penn State faced Miami in the Fiesta Bowl in Tempe, Ariz., for the national champhionship. (Jim Gerberich / ASSOCIATED PRESS) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Paterno looks on during a game against University of West Virginia on Oct. 29, 1988. West Virginia won 51-30. (Rick Stewart / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Paterno of looks down the sidelines during a game against University of West Virginia on Oct. 29, 1988. (Rick Stewart / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz, left, shakes hands with Paterno prior to the start of their game in South Bend, Ind., on Nov. 14, 1992. (Mark Elias / ASSOCIATED PRESS) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Paterno, right, and Stanford coach Bill Walsh talk before their teams meet in the Blockbuster Bowl in Miami on Jan. 2, 1993. (Phil Coale / ASSOCIATED PRESS) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Paterno answers questions from the media during a news conference Dec. 26, 1994 in Costa Mesa, Calif. (Chris Martinez / ASSOCIATED PRESS) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Paterno waches the Nittany Lions' 27-17 victory over the Michigan Wolverines at Beaver Stadium on Nov. 18, 1995. (Ken White / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Paterno addresses a gathering in Tampa, Fla. Dec. 26, 1995 during Outback Bowl welcoming ceremonies. (Peter Cosgrove / ASSOCIATED PRESS) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Paterno gestures during a news conference at annual Media Day Aug. 14,1995, in State College, Pa. (Craig Houtz / ASSOCIATED PRESS) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Paterno poses with Carolyn Presutti, an anchor from WUSA-TV in Washington, after he was presented with the National Education and Leadership Award by The Sons of Italy Foundation May 2, 1996 in Washington. (Robert Giroux / ASSOCIATED PRESS) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Paterno looks on during a game against the Northwestern Wildcats at Ryan Stadium in Evanston, Ill. Penn State won 30-27 on Nov. 1, 1997. (Matthew Stockman / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Paterno barks out instructions to his players during the second quarter at the Fiesta Bowl in Tempe, Ariz., on Jan. 1, 1997. Penn State won 38-15. (Eric Drotter / ASSOCIATED PRESS) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. Paterno after Penn State defeated Texas 38-15 at the Fiesta Bowl in Tempe, Ariz., on Jan. 1, 1997. (Jeff Robbins / ASSOCIATED PRESS) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. Paterno has words with his players during the first quarter of their game against Florida in the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. Jan. 1, 1998. His offerings to the group fell on deaf ears as Florida defeated Penn State 21-6. (Peter Cosgrove / ASSOCIATED PRESS) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. Paterno looks on during a game against the Pittsburgh Panthers at Pitt Stadium in Pittsburgh pn Sept. 19, 1998. The Nittany Lions defeated the Panthers 20-13. (Rick Stewart / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  29. Paterno cheers his players as he runs onto the field before the game against Bowling Green Sept.12, 1998, in State College, Pa. (Chris Gardner / ASSOCIATED PRESS) Back to slideshow navigation
  30. Paterno celebrates with the home fans after his 300th career win against Bowling Green on Sept. 12, 1998. (Stringer / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  31. Paterno shouts at his players from the sidelines in the second quarter of their 27-0 loss to Michigan Nov. 7, 1998, in Ann Arbor, Mich. (Duane Burleson / ASSOCIATED PRESS) Back to slideshow navigation
  32. Paterno yells at an official after he flagged Penn State for a personal foul in the second quarter against Indiana Sept. 25, 1999, in State College, Pa. (Chris Gardner / ASSOCIATED PRESS) Back to slideshow navigation
  33. Paterno and his players celebrate their win over Texas A&M in the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio Dec. 28, 1999. Penn State won 24-0. (Eric Gay / ASSOCIATED PRESS) Back to slideshow navigation
  34. Paterno calls for assistants to join him after accepting the Alamo Bowl trophy emblematic of their 24-0 victory over Texas A&M on Dec. 28, 1999, in San Antonio. (Harry Cabluck / ASSOCIATED PRESS) Back to slideshow navigation
  35. Paterno poses with his starting quarterback Rashard Casey (12) and backup quarterback Matt Senneca (4) during a Penn State football media day Aug. 5, 2000 in State College, Pa. (Paul Vathis / ASSOCIATED PRESS) Back to slideshow navigation
  36. Joe Paterno, right, is all smiles as he hands his son George Scott Paterno his law degree during graduation ceremonies at the Dickinson School of Law of Penn State May 26, 2000. (Paul Vathis / ASSOCIATED PRESS) Back to slideshow navigation
  37. Paterno watches the action during the game against the Iowa Hawkeyes at the Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. The Hawkeyes defeated the Nittany Lions 24-18 on Sept. 29, 2001. (Matthew Stockman / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  38. Paterno stands in front of his players before the game against the Virginia Cavaliers on Dec. 1, 2001 at Scott Stadium in Charlottsville, Va. Virgina defeated Penn State 20-14. (Doug Pensinger / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  39. A 7-foot bronze sculpture of Paterno, outside Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa., on Nov. 2, 2001. The sculpture was kept secret from the Paternos until Oct. 27, when Paterno got his 324th win, making him career wins leader among major college coaches. (Pat Little / ASSOCIATED PRESS) Back to slideshow navigation
  40. Paterno, left, receives the Founder's Award medal from then-Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge during a ceremony at the Governor's Residence in Harrisburg, Pa. June 21, 2001.The award honors a citizen from Pennsylvania who has demonstrated a deep understanding of the ideals of William Penn and put them into practice. (Paul Vathis / ASSOCIATED PRESS) Back to slideshow navigation
  41. Paterno is honored by his team after defeating Ohio State at Beaver Field in State College, Pa . on Oct. 27, 2001. This was Paterno's 324th career win to pass Bear Bryant as the winningest coach in Division I-A history. (Jamie Squire / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  42. Paterno is celebrated for his 324th career win after defeating Ohio State. Penn State won 29-27 on Oct. 27, 2001. (Jamie Squire / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  43. Paterno before the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at the Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pa. on Oct. 27, 2001. The Nittany Lions defeated the Buckeyes 29-27. (Jamie Squire / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  44. The Nittany Lions's mascot walks out wearing a mask of Paterno during the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at the Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pa. on Oct. 27, 2001. (Jamie Squire / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  45. An image of Paterno is featured on the front of a Wheaties cereal box Aug. 20, 2003. (Jacqueline Larma / ASSOCIATED PRESS) Back to slideshow navigation
  46. President George W. Bush is introduced by Paterno at a campaign rally at the York Expo Center July, 9, 2004, in York, Pa. (Tim Sloan / AFP/Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  47. Paterno and the Penn State Nittany Lions look on before facing the Iowa Hawkeyes at Beaver Stadium on Oct. 23, 2004 in State College, Pa. (Doug Pensinger / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  48. Paterno pauses during a media day press conference at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa., on Aug. 8, 2004. (Carolyn Kaster / ASSOCIATED PRESS) Back to slideshow navigation
  49. Paterno talks with media after practice Aug. 26, 2005. (Carolyn Kaster / ASSOCIATED PRESS) Back to slideshow navigation
  50. Paterno paces the sideline after falling behind the Northwestern Wildcats in the first half on Sept. 24, 2005 at Ryan Field in Evanston, Ill. Penn State won 34-29. (Brian Bahr / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  51. Paterno looks on from the sidelines during the 72nd Fed Ex Orange Bowl against the Florida State Seminoles at Dolphins Stadium on Jan. 3, 2005 in Miami Gardens, Fla. Penn State defeated Florida State 26-23 in triple overtime. (Doug Benc / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  52. Paterno takes an orange from the Championship Trophy after defeating Florida State Seminoles in the Fed Ex Orange Bowl at Dolphins Stadium on Jan. 3, 2005 in Miami Gardens, Fla. Penn State defeated Florida State 26-23. (Al Bello / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  53. Paterno yells at linebacker Kevin Darling in a game against the Northwestern Wildcats Sept. 24, 2005 at Ryan Field in Evanston, Ill. Penn State won 34-29. (Brian Bahr / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  54. Paterno jogs off the field after defeating the Northwestern Wildcats 34-29 on Sept. 24, 2005. (Brian Bahr / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  55. Paterno gets worked up on a touchdown by wide receiver Deon Butler after falling behind the Northwestern Wildcats in the first half on Sept. 24, 2005 at Ryan Field in Evanston, Ill. Penn State won 34-29. (Brian Bahr / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  56. Jim Tressel, head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes, shakes hands after a 28-6 victory with Paterno on Sept. 23, 2006 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Gregory Shamus / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  57. Paterno gives the thumbs up as he arrives at the press elevator before the start of Penn State's game against Michigan State Nov. 18, 2006 in State College, Pa. (Pool / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  58. Paterno looks at the scoreboard while leaving the field, for reported flu like symptoms, in the beginning of the third quarter on Sept. 23, 2006 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State won the game 28-6. (Gregory Shamus / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  59. Charlie Weis, coach of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, shakes hands with Paterno after a 41-17 Penn State win on Sept. 9, 2006 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind. (Gregory Shamus / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  60. Paterno takes to the field with his players for the Orange Bowl against Florida State in Miami on Jan. 3, 2006. (Jason Arnold / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  61. Paterno and coach Bobby Bowden of the Florida State Seminoles shake hands before the FedEx Orange Bowl on Jan. 3, 2006 at Dolphins Stadium in Miami. (Al Bello / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  62. Paterno runs as he leads his team onto the field before a game against Notre Dame Sept. 8, 2007 in State College, Pa. (Chris Gardner / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  63. Paterno shakes hands with Lloyd Carr, head coach of the Michigan Wolverines, after a 14-9 loss at Michigan Stadium Sept. 22, 2007 in Ann Arbor, Mich. (Gregory Shamus / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  64. Penn State Nittany Lions fans dressed as Paterno and players cheer against the Texas A&M Aggies during the Valero Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29, 2007 at the Alamodome in San Antonio. (Brian Bahr / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  65. Paterno walks on to the field prior to their game against Tennessee during the Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium on Jan. 1, 2007 in Tampa, Fla. (Scott Halleran / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  66. Fans honor Paterno for his 500th game as coach during the Valero Alamo Bowl against the Texas A&M Aggies on Dec. 29, 2007 at the Alamodome in San Antonio. Penn State won 24-17. (Brian Bahr / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  67. Paterno watches Penn State play Oregon State at Beaver Stadium on Sept. 6, 2008 in State College, Pa. (Ronald Martinez / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  68. Paterno holds a bouquet of roses presented to him by Ronald Conzonire, a representative from the Rose Bowl, after Penn State beat Michigan State 49-18 to win the Big Ten Championship on Nov. 22, 2008. (Carolyn Kaster / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  69. Paterno addresses the media after Penn State's loss against USC in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1, 2009. (Harry How / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  70. Penn State alumni from left, Don Armstrong, Warren Armstrong, Bob Heil, and Dan Kozar, are members of a committee that is leading a grassroots effort to honor Paterno by renaming Beaver Stadium, rear, Paterno Field at Beaver Stadium. (Gene J. Puskar / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  71. Paterno is carried off the field by his players after becoming the first major college to reach 400 victories when Penn State rallied to beat visiting Northwestern 35-21 on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010. (Gene J. Puskar / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  72. Paterno greets Florida coach Urban Meyer before the Nittany Lions' 37-24 loss in the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Fla., on Jan. 1, 2011. The 46-year-old Meyer resigned afer the game because of health concerns and to spend more time with his family. (Al Messerschmidt / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  73. Paterno speaks during a team rally at Beaver Stadium the night before coaching the start of his 46th season at Penn State on Friday, Sept. 2, 2011. Penn State beat Indiana State 41-7 with Paterno coaching from the press box, three weeks after an accidental collision at practice left him with right shoulder and pelvis injuries. (Gene J. Puskar / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  74. Paterno talks with reporters after recording his 409th career Division I-A win Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, by beating Illinois 10-7. Paterno passed Eddie Robinson as the winningest Division I-A coach. (Gene J. Puskar / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  75. Paterno walks to his residence after talking with Penn State students rallying in State College, Pa., hours after he had been fired by Penn State University on Nov. 9, 2011, for failing to do enough to stop alleged sexual abuse of boys by former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky in university football facilities. (Tim Shaffer / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  76. Paterno and his wife Sue greet supporters outside their home Nov. 9, 2011 after it was announced that he had been fired. (Handout / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  77. Police hold back students after they riot off campus on Nov. 10, 2011 to protest the firing of Paterno. Hundreds of students gathered about two blocks from the campus, with some chanting "We want Joe! We want Joe!" Some shook a lamp post and others tipped over a news van, kicking out its windows. Police fired pepper gas. (Matt Rourke / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  78. Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has maintained his innocence on 52 counts of sexually molesting 10 boys over more than a decade. (Jonathan Ernst / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  79. Following news that Paterno's health was deteriorating, Penn State freshman Marc Counterman of Stroudsburg, Pa., places a candle at the Paterno statue outside Beaver Stadium on the Penn State campus in State College, Pa., on Jan. 21, 2012. (Pat Little / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  80. Students and those in the State College community embrace one another as they hold a candlelight vigil in remembrance of Paterno on Old Main Lawn on the campus of Penn State on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012. (Patrick Smith / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  81. A mural with a likeness of Paterno is shown on the side of a Penn State student bookstore. The halo was added Monday, Jan 23, 2012. (Gene J. Puskar / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  82. A picture of Paterno is displayed in his memory on the scoreboard at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa., on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012. (Gene J. Puskar / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  83. A hearse with Paterno's casket leaves Beaver Stadium en route to his burial site in State College, Pa. on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012. (Gary Cameron / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  84. Paterno's widow, Sue, consoles her grandson following a public memorial at the Bryce Jordan Center on the Penn State campus on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012. (Patrick Smith / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  85. One day before the NCAA placed unprecedented penalities on the football program and stripped Paterno of all his wins that came after 1997, workers place a tarp on a fence in front of his statue before removing it Sunday, July 22, 2012. (John Beale / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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