Penn State spokesman Ben Manning says organizers of a private reunion for football players coached by Joe Paterno will provide their own security for the event. The Friday night reunion is separate from a university celebration of the 50th anniversary of Paterno’s head coaching debut planned for Saturday’s game against Temple. Both mark a milestone that has emerged as a sensitive issue for the university and its community given Paterno’s role in the Jerry Sandusky child physical abuse scandal. The plans have spotlighted clear divisions.
Some staunch supporters of Paterno feel like he was wronged by the university, while others critical of him have said that honoring the late coach for football accomplishments is insensitive to Sandusky’s victims and the severity of the scandal.
It was unclear what security measures will be in place when nearly 500 former players gather Friday night. Dan McGinn, a spokesman for the the committee that organized the event, did not immediately respond to a message from the AP. The $50-per-person reunion is raising money for graduating Penn State athletes who wish to attend graduate school.