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Penn State sparks controversy after announcing plan to honor Joe Paterno Rob Carr/Getty Images
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA - NOVEMBER 08: Penn State University head football coach Joe Paterno leaves the team's football building on November 8, 2011 in University Park, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

This is news that will certainly upset some people.

Penn State announced on Thursday that it plans to formally honor Joe Paterno during its Sept. 17 game against Temple. The game will make the 50th anniversary of when Paterno coached his first game for the Nittany Lions in 1966.

Penn State did not release details on exactly how they planned to honor the former coach.

Paterno was fired back in November of 2011 after the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal broke to national attention. According to the report, Sandusky had been using his position as a coach to sexually abuse children, with some of the abuse reportedly dating back to the 1970s.

Paterno died two months after his firing, and his statue at the school was removed. The NCAA also vacated 111 of Paterno’s 409 wins, but those were re-credited to Paterno by the NCAA last year. He currently stands as the winningest coach in NCAA Division I history.

Bo was born in Atlanta, GA, and has always been a savvy sports follower. He attended Georgia Tech and has previously worked with ESPN TrueHoop, HawksHoop, and the Georgia Tech Newsroom. He covers national college football for FanBuzz.
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