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Joe Paterno Was Never Concerned With Renaming Of Beaver Stadium

The University had offered to rename Beaver stadium after Joe Paterno in the hopes of bringing a settlement to their situation with the Paterno family.

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Penn State University paid the family of Joe Paterno the remaining money that was owed to him on his contract last week, but up until that point they had been trying to appease the family with various placations to earn their silence; according to Sara Ganim of the Patriot News. Even with the money in hand, the family is still not satisfied with the way that the University has been handling this whole situation.

But after the contract details were released this week by Penn State — which also drew public criticism from the family since the university called it a settlement and the family disputed there was any — a university spokesman was quoted in the Centre Daily Times saying the contract payment had been delayed because of discussion of issues that weren’t worked out with the family, including "naming issues."

The University had dragged their feet in making these payments by using a number of different tactics, including potentially renaming Beaver stadium after Paterno. The family did not go for any of these options because as Ganim points out, Paterno was never concerned about having the stadium named after him. It does not sound like we have heard the end of this story.

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