Penn State has plans to honor former coach Joe Paterno before kickoff of the Nittany Lions' game against Temple on Sept. 17, according to the team's promotional calendar.

The plans for exactly what Penn State will do is unknown, other than stating that the program will be "commemorating the 50th anniversary of Coach Paterno's first game as Penn State head coach" before the game.


The Nittany Lions, until this point, seemed to want to distance themselves publicly from Paterno since his last game in 2011, most notably taking down his statue outside Beaver Stadium.

Now, the program is looking to honor the former coach, who died in 2012, for the 50th anniversary of his first game with Penn State in what is a controversial choice. The decision to honor Paterno raises eyebrows as court documents revealed this offseason that Paterno allegedly knew of the allegations against Joe Sandusky involving the sexual assault of children as early as 1976.

The Temple game on Sept. 17 will kickoff at 12 p.m. ET, with the ceremony planned for before kick.

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