Joe Paterno's son elected to Penn State's board of trustees

Jay Paterno son of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno speaks during a memorial service for Joe Paterno in State College Pa. Jay Paterno son of the late Nittany Lions head coach has been elected

Jay Paterno, son of the legendary football coach Joe Paterno, has been elected to fill his first term as a member of the Penn State board of trustees.

Paterno was the top vote getter in the election receiving 16,322 votes.

Kevin Steele, by virtue of his position as immediate past president of the Penn State Alumni Association as of July 1, 2017, will assume a two-year seat on the board, replacing Kay L. Salvino in that capacity.

According to Penn State's athletic department, Paterno was a backup quarterback for the Nittany Lions from 1986-1990 before he eventually joined his father's coaching staff in 1995.

"Between my mom and dad and my family, we've been connected with Penn State for more than a century, when you add up all the years we've given there", Paterno said in a statement to ESPN on Friday.

Penn State football coach Joe Paterno right walks with his son and quarterback coach Jay Paterno left as players stretch out during practice in State College Pa. Jay Paterno son of the late Nittany Lions

Joe Paterno was one of the winningest coaches in college football history. He's now serving a sentence of 30 to 60 years for sexually abusing 10 boys. He maintains he's innocent and is appealing.

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In his 2014 book "Paterno Legacy: Enduring Lessons from the Life and Death of My Father", Jay Paterno criticized the board of trustees for the way it fired his father.

A bronze statue of Joe Paterno was removed from outside Beaver Stadium in 2012 in the Sandusky aftermath. Last summer, more than 200 former Penn State football players petitioned university leaders to return it.

Jay Paterno was on the university's coaching staff for 17 seasons, mostly as quarterbacks coach. "I'm focusing on Penn State's future".

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