Penn State football coach Joe Paterno has been named the winner of the 2011 NCAA President’s
Gerald R. Ford Award, honors an individual who has provided significant leadership as an advocate for intercollegiate athletics on a continuous basis over the course of their career.
NCAA President Mark Emmert will present the award to Paterno on Jan. 13 at the NCAA Convention in San Antonio.
“I am honored to present this award to coach Paterno,” Emmert said in a statement. “His ‘total-person’ approach to student-athletes, emphasizing academics and personal accountability is a terrific example of everything the NCAA stands for. Coach Paterno has distinguished himself to the world by his wins on the field, but he has endeared himself to thousands of student- athletes who have learned through his leadership that success in the classroom and in life is the greatest accomplishment.
“For me, Coach Paterno is the definitive role model of what it means to be a college coach.”
Royster to play in Shrine Game
Penn State running back Evan Royster has accepted an invitation to play in the 86th East-West Shrine Game Jan. 22 at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla.
Royster became Penn State’s all-time leading rusher this season and has 3,834 career yards heading into the Outback Bowl, his final game as a Nittany Lion.
Battle unlikely to miss Big Ten opener
Penn State senior guard Talor Battle is expected to play in the Nittany Lions’ Dec. 27 conference opener at Indiana despite injuring his left hand in Tuesday’s loss to Maine.Battle, the team’s leading scorer at 20.6 points per game, injured his hand on a dunk in the final minutes. He didn’t miss any action but was taken to the hospital for X-rays after the game. They revealed only a bad bruise to the hand.
The Nittany Lions will enter Big Ten play at 7-4 and on a two-game losing streak.