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Posted at 06:50 PM ET, 11/08/2011

Penn State students rally to support Joe Paterno


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

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 Android

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.

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