Joe Paterno never wanted the Penn State University football field named after him, according to Sara Ganim of the Patriot-News. It would be "a tremendous and humbling honor," but it "has always been a fan-driven matter" and "was never important to Joe," says a Paterno family source.
University officials tried to make a renamed Beaver Stadium part of the final contract payout to the estate of former coach Paterno, who died on Jan. 22 after a bout with lung cancer. The family said no.
Tensions have flared between the Paterno family and university officials ever since the coach's Nov. 9 firing for his “failure of leadership” after the alleged sexual assaults perpetrated by former assistant Jerry Sandusky. “Our family has been subjected to a series of false and misleading statements that seek to justify the board’s actions by denigrating Joe Paterno’s reputation,” the family said Friday in a statement. “We take no joy in our differences with the board and university, but we will never waver in our defense of Joe Paterno’s record and our advocacy for due process.”