Penn State AD calls hockey team's Joe Paterno tribute 'inappropriate'

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Penn State's AD calls hockey team's Joe Paterno tribute 'inappropriate'
Monday January 19th, 2015

Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour called the Nittany Lions hockey team's tribute to former football coach Joe Paterno "inappropriate and insensitive."

Barbour was replying to a tweet that has since been deleted, but Penn State blog Onward State has captured a screenshot. 

Barbour also said she was "thrilled" that the vacated wins were restored.

On Friday, after the NCAA announced it would restore the wins Paterno and Penn State vacated as a result of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, the school's hockey team wore stickers on its helmets with the number 409, Paterno's updated win total.

The vacated wins were among several sanctions the NCAA handed down after Sandusky, a former Penn State defensive coordinator, was convicted of 45 counts of sexual assault. The school was fined $60 million, given a four-year bowl ban and docked scholarships.

In July 2012, seven months after Paterno's death, the NCAA vacated 112 victories from 1998 through 2011 after an independent investigation determined that Paterno and three other Penn State officials helped conceal Sandusky's abuses. 

Penn State basketball players considered wearing t-shirts with the number on them before their game Saturday but decided against it. The team's sports information director told The Daily Collegian "we wanted to keep the focus on our team and our game."

- Dan Gartland

[via Deadspin]

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