January 24, 2012- On Tuesday afternoon, the public will be allowed to start viewing the body of legendary football coach Joe Paterno. Family, friends, fans and others are grieving over the passing of the Penn State legend. Paterno succumbed on Sunday to lung cancer at the age of 85.
His death came less than 90 days following his firing from Penn State after working for the University for 61 years. He was abruptly fired following severe criticism over the way he handled an alleged sexual abuse incident against a child.
Viewings for the public will begin Tuesday afternoon and continue again on Wednesday morning on campus at Penn State. There will be a private funeral service on Wednesday followed by his burial. On Thursday, there will be a memorial service open to the public at the Penn State Bryce Jordan Center.
Tickets to the service will be limited to two per person and no signs will be allowed inside the service. Also banned from the service are cameras and videos. In honor of the late coach, Governor Tom Corbett has ordered that stage flags be lowered to half-staff.
President Obama contacted Sue Paterno, the coach’s wife, and their son Jay to offer condolences. Since Paterno’s death on Sunday, students have held vigils at night to honor the longtime coach who won two national championships for the university.