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Joe Paterno Honored Posthumously with Dick Enberg Award

by on April 25, 2012 2:50 PM

Former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno will be posthumously honored as the recipient of the Dick Enberg Award.

The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced the honor Wednesday. Paterno's son, Jay, will accept the award on the family's behalf at CoSIDA's annual convention June 25 in St. Louis.

The Enberg Award is given to an individual whose "actions and commitment have furthered the meaning and reach of the Academic All-America Teams Program and/or the student-athlete while promoting the values of education and academics," according to a press release.

"I'm sincerely pleased that the Paterno family will accept the Enberg Award on behalf of Coach Joe Paterno,” Enberg said in a press release. “The award was established to recognize those that embody my passion and commitment to academics and athletics. Coach Paterno's amazing record in that regard speaks of his greatness as a national leader in sport and education, and I'm deeply honored that his name will be associated with the meaning of this award."

Paterno was actually named the recipient in March 2011 but was unable to attend last summer's convention in Florida. He passed away Jan. 22 because of complications from lung cancer treatments.

To read the complete release, click here.

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