A crowd of about 1,000 students gathered at Penn State University and on Joe Paterno’s lawn, driveway and street, chanting their support for the beloved and now beleaguered coach whose 46-year tenure at the university is threatened by a child sex-abuse scandal.
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.”
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.
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.