Penn State’s decision to honor their disgraced former head coach didn’t sit well with a lot of folks, including their Week 3 opposition’s fans.
The university announced earlier this month that it would be commemorating Joe Paterno‘s first head-coaching victory 50 years ago this month during the Sept. 17 game against Temple in Happy Valley. Athletic director Sandy Barbour said in a subsequent statement partially explaining the reasoning behind the the controversial commemoration that the “activities will focus on the commitment he had to student-athletes and academics.”
The Temple fans in attendance at Beaver Stadium, however, opted to remind those in attendance of the perceived negligence on the part of Paterno during a videoboard presentation honoring the legendary head coach.
Temple sign with protesters behind it: “HE TURNED HIS BACK, SO WE’LL TURN OURS.” pic.twitter.com/m2M145BZng
— David Jones (@djoneshoop) September 17, 2016
In the nosebleeds, Temple fans, Paterno protestors have a sign that says, “He turned his back, so we’ll turn ours.” pic.twitter.com/HJdv2jI7yb
— Tom Hanslin (@tomhanslin) September 17, 2016
Five years ago, Paterno was fired in disgrace amidst the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.