AP PHOTOS: Looking back at the late Joe Paterno’s career
In one of the biggest scandals in college sports history, retired Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested in 2011 on charges that he serially molested young boys, with some of the assaults taking place on campus. A subsequent investigation by former FBI Director Louis Freeh asserted that renowned head coach Joe Paterno and top university officials had covered up the abuse.
Paterno, 85, was fired a few days after Sandusky’s arrest and died two months later. Relying on Freeh’s report, the NCAA leveled harsh sanctions against the school. Paterno’s family and many alumni argued that Freeh rushed to judgment and that his report was factually incorrect. Last fall, the NCAA restored Penn State’s bowl eligibility and athletic scholarships and, on Friday, agreed to reinstate 112 victories to the team – once again making Paterno the winningest coach in major college football history.
Here’s a selection of photos from Paterno’s long career.