Long Lines to Bid Paterno Farewell

Decked out in Penn State hats and jackets, students and townspeople stood in a line more than a quarter-mile long Tuesday to pay their respects to Joe Paterno, the coach who for nearly a half century was the face of their university. Mourners stood in a line along a main campus artery for the chance to file past Paterno’s closed casket at the campus spiritual center during a 10-hour public viewing session.

Read the full Associated Press story over here. BTN will be airing Thursday’s public memorial service live on TV and online (details here). You can read more stories about today on our Penn State news wire page.

Penn State community pays respect to Paterno:

Here are a few photos from today.

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Post-it notes with notes and memories writing by students on a cut out of former Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Joe Paterno inside of the Pattee Paterno Library. Photo by Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

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Honor guard representative Michael Zordich next to the casket of former Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Joe Paterno. Photo by Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

Mourners walk past the casket of former Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Joe Paterno during a public viewing inside the Pasquerilla Spritual Center. Photo by Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

Mourners walk past a picture of former Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Joe Paterno during a public viewing inside the Pasquerilla Spritual Center. Photo by Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

Friends and family wait outside of the Pasquerilla Spritual Center for one of two public viewings for the passing of former Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Joe Paterno. Photo by Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

The marquee outside the Bryce Jordan Center displays a sign in remembrance of former Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Joe Paterno. Photo by Rob Christy-US PRESSWIRE

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Victor & Joan Kyslinger on 1/24/2012 @ 7:13pm EDT Said:

BEST COACH EVER! Joe we will remember you in our hearts and in our minds. Thanks to your family for sharing.

john ruddy on 1/25/2012 @ 8:41am EDT Said:

Joe……….The coprporate university stupidity will never replace the thousands of lives u have touched with motivation, Honor, Respect, and hard work. Thank you. (Class of 78 who lived in Nittany 25 where u walked past to practice every day.)

Karen Hildebrand on 1/25/2012 @ 10:19am EDT Said:

JoePa was the best and his life lessons will live in our hearts always. May you never be forgotten.

Francis C. Pirog on 1/25/2012 @ 10:50am EDT Said:

So long JPA. Thanks for the memories.

Glenn Showalter on 1/25/2012 @ 1:03pm EDT Said:

We honor him not because Joe Paterno won so many football games but because of his commitment to Jesus Christ, remaining Faithful, a builder of men.

Barbara Nau Spiecha '65 on 1/25/2012 @ 2:15pm EDT Said:

In remembering, we keep what is best…as treasures forever! Peace and love to the entire Paterno family.

KMcGar on 1/25/2012 @ 2:17pm EDT Said:

There are literally thousands of big and little stories about the kindness of Joe Paterno. Most of them are not football related. He touched so many lives in such a positive way. Thanks Joe; your shining example will live on in our hearts.

Tom and Kitty Harmes on 1/25/2012 @ 3:57pm EDT Said:

Joe Paterno was a big part of our lives for many years. Sharing the games with family and friends and celebrating wins and crying over loses. We love you Joe PA. You will be missed by many.

Glenn Showalter on 1/25/2012 @ 5:28pm EDT Said:

Your comments are precious expressions of love and honor. God is love, Joe Paterno is all about love. It is great he won so many football games but more importantly Papa Joe is a tenured full Professor who cared even more for scholarship, family, honor, respect, his Catholic Church. Like Bob Hope, another great Catholic, Professor Paterno is a living saint who we cannot replace. We can only move on and be the best we can be. Let us all live the lives worthy to be with JoePa forever with God and all the saints.