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FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009, file photo, Penn State assistant coach Jay Paterno looks on as his team warms up for their  NCAA college football game against Eastern Illinois in State College, Pa. When Penn State opens its football season on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, for the first time since 1965, no one with the last name of Paterno will be on the sidelines. Joe died of cancer in January 2012, just months after losing his job in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal. Jay has been traveling and writing columns at a time when he's usually used to getting ready for the season opener. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009, file photo, Penn State assistant coach Jay Paterno looks on as his team warms up for their NCAA college football game against Eastern Illinois in State College, Pa. When Penn State opens its football season on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, for the first time since 1965, no one with the last name of Paterno will be on the sidelines. Joe died of cancer in January 2012, just months after losing his job in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal. Jay has been traveling and writing columns at a time when he's usually used to getting ready for the season opener. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
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(AP) Penn State's season opener this Saturday will be the first since 1949 not featuring someone with the last name Paterno on the coaching staff. They're out of the picture, like the campus statue of the family patriarch; erased like his coaching records.


But the family will be in Beaver Stadium in spirit, if not watching from a skybox life goes on for the clan that was synonymous with Penn State for decades and remains firmly rooted in a supportive community.


Scandal tarnished the legacy of the late Joe Paterno, the Hall of Famer who coached the Nittany Lions until his firing days after former assistant Jerry Sandusky was arrested on child sex abuse charges. Son and former assistant coach Jay Paterno no longer tutors the quarterbacks.


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