Jan 26, 2012 6:50 AM by Kate Richards

Mourners say good-bye to Paterno

A capacity crowd of more than 12,000 is expected to pack a Penn State arena for one more tribute to Joe Paterno, the Hall of Fame football coach who died Sunday at age 85 from lung cancer.

The event called "A Memorial for Joe" will cap three days of public mourning for a figure beloved in the Penn State community for his success on the sideline as well as his generosity off the field.

Paterno's funeral and burial service were Wednesday. He was ousted as Penn State coach just days before learning of his diagnosis in November, forced out of his job in the wake of child sex-abuse charges against a former assistant.

This week, mourners are focusing on the full body of Paterno's accomplishments over a 46-year coaching tenure.


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