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
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
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.