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Penn State’s plan to ‘commemorate’ Joe Paterno prompts online outrage

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Penn State’s plans to “commemorate” the legacy of its controversial former head football coach, Joe Paterno, at an upcoming game against Temple University did not go over well on social media.

The university announced via a press release Thursday that they would honor the 50th anniversary of Paterno’s first game with the Nittany Lions as head coach on Sept. 17, when the team is scheduled to play against Temple at Beaver Stadium in Happy Valley.

The nature of the commemoration is not yet clear, with Penn State sports information head Jeff Nelson telling Philly.com Thursday that “it will be Sept. 15 for more details.” The event was, however, among a list of “2016 Football Promotions” slated for the Sept. 17 game.

Following the announcement, social media lit up with criticisms of the decision. Celebrities and locals alike weighed in on Penn State’s commemoration, with many mocking both the school itself and Paterno’s legacy over the move. Others, meanwhile, were vehemently outraged, with one student even promising to leave the school should the commemoration happen.

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