April 25, 2012 at 2:10 PM
The late Joe Paterno is the recipient of the 2012 Dick Enberg Award presented by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), Penn State athletics announced today.
Paterno's son Jay will accept the award for the former head coach on June 25th, at CoSIDA's annual convention, in St. Louis, Mo.
The award, named after sports broadcaster Dick Enberg, recognizes those "whose actions and commitments have furthered the meaning of the Academic All-America Teams Program and/or the student-athlete while promoting the values of education and academics," the CoSIDA's website reads.
Paterno is now the fourth major college coach to win the award, joining former Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summit and others, including as President Gerald Ford.
Paterno, who died of lung cancer on Jan. 22, is the winningest coach in the history of Divison I football, as he led the Nittany Lions to 409 wins from 1966-2011 before getting fired on Nov. 9 in the wake of a child sex abuse scandal. After the firing, his name was removed from the Big Ten Championship trophy.
"On behalf of everyone in the Paterno and Penn State family we are honored by Joe Paterno's selection as the 2012 Dick Enberg Award recipient," Jay Paterno said. “…It is an honor for my father to be associated with a great professional in Dick Enberg as well as the distinguished previous winners.”