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Joe Paterno Funeral: Former Assistant Mike McQueary Plans To Attend

Mike McQueary has been one of the faces of the scandal at Penn State, and his presence at the University has been all but erased from the University. But he was very close to Joe Paterno, and according to Mindy Szkaradnik of The Daily Collegian, he plans on attending Paterno's funeral this week.

McQueary said he will “absolutely” be attending Paterno’s viewing to remember him. He said he did not get a chance to speak with him recently.

McQueary's involvement in anything relating to the University has been uneasy to say the least, but Paterno was an important person in his life and he deserves the ability to pay his respects just like anyone else.

“He was everything to you, next to your father, wife, mother,” he said. “He was everything you would ever want in a head coach or a university icon.”

Despite McQueary's presence at the ceremony, I don't think those in attendance will have very much trouble keeping Paterno the focus of the proceedings.

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