The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

August 16, 2013

Billboard honoring Joe Paterno goes up in Juniata County


The Associated Press

THOMPSONTOWN — A billboard near a Juniata County highway is touting the accomplishments of late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno.

The two-panel board touts Paterno's 409 career victories beneath a blue sign with lettering that reads, "You can't cover up 61 years of success with honor."

A group called Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship designed similar billboards that were placed across the state last fall, but a spokeswoman for the group, Maribeth Roman Schmidt, says the group isn't behind this one and doesn't know who is.

The group and the billboard take issue with investigators who determined Paterno knew about past child sex abuse by former assistant Jerry Sandusky, who was convicted and imprisoned last year.

The NCAA has sanctioned the university for the scandal, but Paterno's supporters say he's not at fault.