Paterno’s Alma Mater Distancing Itself From Coach
In light of the release of the Freeh Report last week, the once squeaky-clean name and reputation of Joe Paterno has been further tarnished. Now, Penn State is not the only institution distancing itself from the late coach.
The Providence Journal is reporting that Paterno’s alma mater, Brown University, has revoked Paterno’s name from a yearly student award presented to the year’s outstanding freshman male athlete. The school is still to make a decision about the name of the award in the future.
“Since 1991, the Department of Athletics and Physical Education has presented an award to this year’s outstanding male freshman athlete,” the University said in a statement released Friday night. “In 1993 that award was renamed to honor Brown alumnus Joe Paterno ’50. In the spring of 2012, the Department of Athletics and Physical Education presented the award as it was originally created, honoring the year’s outstanding male freshman athlete but without Joe Paterno’s name attached. Now that the Freeh report has been released, the University will make a decision about the naming of the award in future years.”
Paterno, a 1950 graduate of Brown, played quarterback and defensive back for the school from 1946 to 1949. He was inducted into the Brown Athletic Hall of Fame in 1977.