Penn State fans cheer Joe Paterno at tribute

Penn State commemorated the 50th anniversary of Paterno's coaching debut, in addition to his commitment to student-athletes and academics, during the Nittany Lions' game Saturday against Temple.

Video tributes to Paterno were played on video boards in the first half, drawing standing ovations from the crowd, according to the York Daily Record.

Some Temple fans, however, high up in the stadium turned their backs during a tribute and flashed a sign that said "He turned his back so we'll turn ours."

Penn State's quiet announcement that there would be tributes drew lots of criticism.

It also drew many former players back to campus. They gathered on Friday night outside the school's baseball stadium to celebrate their accomplishments and the coach who inspired them before he left a polarizing legacy.

About 50 yards from where a statue of Paterno was removed by the university after the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal, and Paterno's possible role in it, rocked the smallCentral Pennsylvania town in 2011, former players hugged, laughed and told stories about Paterno as they filed into the private ceremony.

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