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Brown remembers Joe Paterno

January 24, 2012

Brown University athletics coach Phil Estes says Joe Paterno was one of the greatest football players in Brown’s history. Paterno died Sunday of lung cancer. He lost his head coaching position at Penn State for failling to do more to stop alleged child sexual abuse at the hands of an assistant coach.

Paterno graduated from Brown in 1950, and Estes remembers him as a “great mentor”. Paterno played quarterback and defensive back for the Brown Bears.

The university still hands out an annual atheltic award in Paterno’s name. Current students and alumni have debated whether the award should be re-named following the sexual abuse controversy at Penn State.

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