Penn State students rally to support Joe Paterno

November 8, 2011

Joe Paterno leaves school after practice (Matt Rourke / AP)

Update: Later estimates put the size of the crowd

After practice, Paterno returned to the house in a university van around 6 p.m. and the crowd, according to Newsday’s Jim Baumbach, was so large that he was let out in the street and walked up to the house. According to Baumbach, police asked Paterno’s son, Scott, if he wanted them to get students off the lawn and Scott Paterno responded, “It’s good my parents see people still love them.”

Paterno holding a press conference out his window in tears. “No matter what happens to some people Im proud of you” http://t.co/9xgLlVl5Tue Nov 08 23:15:25 via Twitter for AndroidBen Jones
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According to students standing by Paterno’s front window, the coach thanked them for their support. By 6:30, students had been moved off the lawn and driveway. As for an update on Paterno’s status, Scott Paterno said his father remains the coach and that he plans to put out a statement, likely Wednesday.

According to Ben Jones of BlackShoeDiaries.com, Paterno told students through his window, “No matter what happens to some people, I'm proud of you.” (See Jones’s photo here.)

At around 6:35 p.m., Paterno returned to the lawn to address students again and, when they yelled, “We love you, Joe,” he responded: “I love you, too.”

Compiled from Twitter feeds of, among others, Jim Baumbach and Ben Jones.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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