Penn State will honor former football coach Joe Paterno before its game against Temple on Sept. 17, the school said in a press release Thursday.

The school will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Paterno’s coaching debut, which came Sept. 17, 1966 in a 15-7 win against Maryland.

The details of the ceremony have yet to be released.

Paterno’s legacy at Penn State had been admonished ever since the Jerry Sandusky scandal broke out and cost Paterno his job in November 2011. Paterno died of lung cancer two months later.

Paterno’s statue was removed from outside Beaver Stadium on July 22, 2012. Most of his name has been scrubbed off campus except for a library that had been built with the money he had donated.

The Nittany Lions open up the season against Kent State on Saturday.


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