STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - Two Penn State trustees have paid tribute to former coach Joe Paterno, who died nearly a year ago and was dismissed by the university in the fallout of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
The longtime coach's legacy was tarnished after former FBI director Louis Freeh said in the school's internal investigation that Paterno and three administrators acted to cover up allegations against Sandusky. The NCAA later vacated 111 victories under Paterno as part of sanctions, meaning Paterno was no longer major college football's winningest coach.
Paterno's family has firmly denied Freeh's conclusions.
Trustee Anthony Lubrano at a board meeting Friday said Paterno's 61 years of service and "success with honor" could not be covered up. Trustee Alvin Clemens later listed athletic and academic accomplishments under Paterno's watch.
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