Joe Paterno's son elected to Penn State's board of trustees
- Author: Salvatore Jensen May 06, 2017,
May 06, 2017, 9:27
Former Penn State assistant coach Jay Paterno has been elected to the school's board of trustees. There are 38 trustees and alumni vote for nine seats; three are on the ballot each year. He is the son of legendary yet polarizing former Nittany Lions coach Joe Paterno.
"When you look at it, between my mom and dad and my family, we've been connected with Penn State for more than a century, when you add up all the years we've given there", Paterno told the network.
Their reasoning stems from Paterno's father, whom is alleged to have known more than he let on about his staffer Jerry Sandusky's nefarious activities. After presiding over that position for four years, Jay Paterno took over as quarterbacks coach and worked in that role for 13 seasons.
Sandusky is the imprisoned ex-assistant football coach convicted of abusing 10 boys. He maintains his innocence.
He called his father's firing by the trustees "an act of cowardice".
A bronze statue of Joe Paterno was removed from outside Beaver Stadium in 2012 in the Sandusky aftermath.
Paterno, who wasn't retained as a coach before the 2012 season, considered running for Pennsylvania's 5th Congressional District in October 2013 and briefly ran to be the state's lieutenant governor before withdrawing from the race in 2014.
There has been a push by some students and alumni to restore the statute.
Jay Paterno said he'll still be able to work with trustees in making important decisions about Penn State.
"While some have tried to affix other motives to this candidacy, be assured I will join this Board in July with an extended hand", he said. "I'm focusing on Penn State's future".