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The Mourning Continues At Penn State [VIDEO]

State College Mourns Joe Paterno
Modified newspapers lay on the ground of the statue of Joe Paterno. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Penn State faculty members are considering a vote of no-confidence in the university’s board of trustees.

The Faculty Senate meets Tuesday afternoon on campus in State College to consider the symbolic vote. Also on the agenda is a motion calling for a special committee to investigate the trustees’ oversight.

The 32-member board of trustees has come under fire for its handling of a child sex abuse scandal that led to the firings of the university president and longtime football coach Joe Paterno.

The trustees elected new leadership from within their ranks on Friday, promising reforms and transparency. The board is undertaking its own investigation of the case, led by former FBI director Louis Freeh.

The Senate represents more than 5,500 full-time faculty at 23 Penn State campuses.

Mourners line up to pay respects to Paterno

Former Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary stands in line with other mourners as they wait to pay respect to Joe Paterno.
Former Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary stands in line with other mourners as they wait to pay respect to Joe Paterno. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Mourners are lining up at Penn State for a viewing honoring the late football coach Joe Paterno.

Current and former players including Franco Harris are attending a private viewing at a spiritual center. Members of Paterno’s last team filed in from the same buses that carried Paterno and his players to Beaver Stadium on fall Saturdays.

Paterno’s family gathered earlier for a more private viewing.

The public viewing begins Tuesday afternoon and a private funeral is planned Wednesday.

One current and one former player will stand with the casket during the viewing. More than 100 people were lined up more than two hours beforehand.

Paterno died Sunday, just over two months after being fired in the wake of a child sex abuse scandal involving former assistant Jerry Sandusky.

Tickets exhausted for Paterno memorial at arena

The lights at Beaver Stadium illuminate the night sky in memory of former Penn State Football coach Joe Paterno
The lights at Beaver Stadium illuminate the night sky in memory of former Penn State Football coach Joe Paterno. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Penn State officials say no more tickets are available for a Thursday memorial service for the late football coach Joe Paterno.

The service will be held at Penn State’s 16,000-seat basketball arena. The school says there was “overwhelming demand” for tickets.

The tickets were distributed free of charge, but at least two have been posted for sale on eBay. By midday Tuesday, the top bid was more than $200.

Paterno was the winningest coach in major college football coach and died Sunday. That was just over two months after he was fired amid a child sex abuse scandal involving a former assistant coach.

PENN STATE SAYS GOODBYE TO JOE PATERNO

Patrick Smith, Getty Images

For decades they cheered him, now it’s time for Penn State students and alumni to mourn Joe Paterno.

Three days of public events are set to begin today as Penn Staters from State College and far beyond say goodbye to the football coach who led the Nittany Lions to 409 wins over 46 years.

Paterno died of lung cancer on Sunday, learning of his diagnosis in November just days after he was fired in the aftermath of the shocking child sex-abuse charges against former assistant Jerry Sandusky.

Paterno’s son, Scott, says that despite the turmoil, Paterno remained peaceful and upbeat in his final days and still loved the school. He says that as recently as last Wednesday his father was anxious to leave the hospital and start planning a vacation with his wife, Sue.

Big crowds are expected to show their love for Paterno over the next few days, with a 10-hour public viewing beginning at 1 p.m. The viewing will be on campus at the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center. After another public viewing tomorrow, Paterno’s family will hold a private funeral service, followed by a procession that will run through State College.

Then, on Thursday, the school’s basketball arena will be the sight of a public service called “A Memorial for Joe.” Penn State was expecting a huge demand for seats and set a two-per-person limit for those ordering tickets.

Obama offers condolences to Paterno’s family

Penn State mourns Joe Paterno
Penn State mourns Joe Paterno (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama has offered his condolences to the family of legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno.

The White House says the president spoke with Paterno’s wife, Sue, and son, Jay, yesterday to express his condolences. The White House says the president recalled fond memories of when he first met Coach Paterno and said he and first lady Michelle Obama would keep the Paterno family in their prayers.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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