Nov. 8: Penn State football coach Joe Paterno speaks briefly to reporters as he leaves for football practice in State College, Pa. Paterno was later fired by the university board of trustees for not doing more to report allegations of child sex abuse by his former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, who retired in 1999.AP
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and his wife donated $100,000 to the university last month, just weeks after he was fired in the wake of the child sexual abuse scandal involving his former assistant Jerry Sandusky, The Harrisburg Patriot-News reported.
The money was divided equally between the Paterno Library and the Paterno Fellows program, fellows program director Jack Selzer confirmed.
The donations continued a long run of financial gifts given by Joe and Sue Paterno to the university during his 46 years as head coach, with the couple also playing a significant role in fundraising drives.
The 85-year-old coach was diagnosed with lung cancer in the week after his abrupt Nov. 9 dismissal and is continuing to receive treatment. He has passed no comment on his firing, nor on the recent selection of New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien as his permanent successor.
His only public statements came in the form of written testimony last month, in which he confirmed that he was told in 2002 that Sandusky, his former defensive coordinator, had engaged in "inappropriate" sexual acts.
Paterno's testimony was read at the preliminary hearing in the perjury case against former Penn State athletic director Tim Curley and former university vice president Gary Schultz, which was later sent to trial.
Sandusky, 67, has been charged with 50 criminal counts of sexual abuse and child endangerment from what prosecutors said was his molestation of 10 young boys he met through his Second Mile charity over a 15-year period. He maintains his innocence.