Tuesday September 16th, 2014

A small group of Penn State football fans has organized a "Joe Out" for the team's game versus UMass on Saturday to honor former Nittany Lions coach Joe Paterno. 

The event has a Facebook page and currently has 415 people listed as "going." The event description urges people to "Wear anything JVP inspired before, during and after the game!"

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One of the group's organizers, Penn State grad Laurie Anne Stannell, told Centre Daily, "We want to make an impact, as Joe would say."

“It’s honoring our past,” she said. “We are Penn State. If that’s not JoePa then who?”

Paterno, the winningest coach in major college football history, was fired in November 2011 amid a sexual abuse scandal involving former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky and the school's handling of it. Sandusky, who was convicted on 45 counts of abuse, was later given a sentence of 30 to 60 years in prison. 

Paterno died two months later, on Jan. 22, 2012. 

Last week, the NCAA restored Penn State's postseason eligibility and its full allotment of scholarships, which were part of sanctions given to the school following the scandal. 

- Molly Geary

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