Sens. withdraw Paterno name for presidential medal

Along with his job as head football coach at Penn State, Joe

Paterno may also lose a shot at the prestigious Presidential Medal

of Freedom.

Pennsylvania’s U.S. Sens. Pat Toomey, a Republican, and Bob

Casey, a Democrat, said Thursday they are rescinding their support

for Paterno’s nomination for the nation’s highest civilian honor,

citing recent events at the school.

Republican Rep. Glenn Thompson also nominated Paterno earlier

this year, but wouldn’t say Thursday whether he would also withdraw

Paterno’s name.

The trio submitted Paterno’s name in September, citing his

contributions to athletics and higher education. Paterno was fired

Wednesday amid a child sex abuse-scandal centered around former

defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.