STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – At the first athletic event on Penn State’s campus since Joe Paterno’s death Sunday, Nittany Lions fans remembered the football coach with a moment of silence — and a standing ovation.
The scene occurred at the highly anticipated wrestling match between Iowa and Penn State at Rec Hall. The gym announcer asked fans to observe a moment of silence, and then the capacity crowd of more than 6,500 gave a 30-second standing ovation while an image of Paterno flashed on two video boards.
The screen flashed the words “Joseph Vincent Paterno. 1926-2012,” just below a picture of a smiling Paterno, wearing a blue tie and blue sweater vest with arms crossed across his chest.