Embattled former Penn State head coach Joe Paterno and his longtime wife, Sue, donated roughly $100,000 to the university in the month of December, according to The Patriot-News. The donations came just weeks after the school fired him following sexual abuse allegations against his former defensive coordinator, Jerry Sandusky.
Paterno, who was well known for his philanthropic efforts during his 46-year reign as the head football coach of the Nittany Lions, reportedly gave half of the donation to the Paterno Fellows program, and the other half to the Paterno Library. It is believed that the former head coach is responsible for millions of dollars in fundraising for educational efforts across the campus during his tenure.
Sandusky, Paterno’s longtime former defensive coordinator, was arrested on child molestation charges in early November, stemming from incidents that allegedly occurred between 1994 and 2009, involving several young boys. Since then, head coach Joe Paterno, university president Graham Spainer, athletic director Tim Curley, and vice president Gary Schultz have all been forced out of their positions with the school. Paterno became aware of the infractions in 2002 when a graduate assistant told the head coach that he had witnessed Sandusky molesting a ten-year-old boy at the school’s football facility. Paterno in turn reported the incident to the administration, however, the administration failed to notify the police, breaking Pennsylvania law.