BTN.com staff, January 24, 2012
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.
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
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
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