Report: Paterno Family Rejects Offer To Rename Penn State Football Field In Joe's Honor

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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.