There were many tributes to the late Joe Paterno on Thursday, and we’ve posted many of the remarks from speakers here. But here we’ve posted the special video tribute that played on the large screen at the memorial held on the Penn State campus. It includes some wonderful archival footage of Paterno both on and off the field. We’ve also added a few other video montages from the service in the post below.
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Here’s something you don’t see every night, much less twice in the same night: Ohio State’s Aaron Craft and Minnesota’s Julian Welch both hit halfcourt shots on attempted alley-oop passes Wednesday. We kid you not. Craft did it first, as his pass to Sam Thompson went through the rim in Ohio State’s easy win over Penn State. Later, Welch, from just behind the midcourt line, threw a pass in Rodney Williams’ direction and into the bucket in Minnesota’s loss at Michigan State. Watch Craft’s shot here and check out Welch’s in this post.
Just as we did during 2010-2011 hoops season, we’re archiving Gus Johnson’s greatest calls this season. Johnson is calling men’s basketball for BTN all winter long. We clip and post his best calls and archive them here during games, so bookmark the page and come back all season right up through the Big Ten tourney. Right now, watch Johnson’s call of Draymond Green hitting a jump shot and get all of the announcer’s best calls from Michigan State’s win over Minnesota on Wednesday (recap).
Most teams go an entire season, if not longer, without even attempting an alley-oop on an inbound pass. Then again, most teams don’t have an athlete quite like Ohio State’s Sam Thompson. Only a freshman, Thompson was on the receiving end of his second such play in Big Ten action alone Wednesday night. Which inbound alley-oop was better, though: Tonight’s or the one at Indiana on New Year’s Eve? Watch both incredible plays and vote on the best one in this post.
From Jay Paterno’s moving tribute to his father to the various speeches from across the Penn State football family, we’ve posted videos from BTN’s coverage of Thursday’s “A Memorial for Joe” held at Penn State. Thursday’s public memorial service for the late Penn State football coach was carried live on BTN, BTN2Go, and BTN.com. You can watch the entire event again on BTN2Go and on the Big Ten Digital Network.