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Penn State Hockey Helmets With '409' Stickers Stir Controversy

By    |   Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 03:57 PM

Penn State University has sparked controversy after its hockey team took to the ice on Friday with “409” decals on their helmets representing the number of career wins by late football coach Joe Paterno.

The NCAA and the university had reached an agreement to restore the wins that were discounted as part of sanctions related to the Jerry Sandusky scandal. The wins made Paterno the winningest college football coach in history.

Former Penn State assistant football coach Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of sexual abuse in 2012.

Penn State's athletic director Sandy Barbour called the decals “inappropriate and insensitive” in a tweet, igniting a flurry of criticism on Twitter. Barbour later apologized for the tweet during an interview on WBLF Radio.

"I'll use my own words. It was inappropriate and insensitive of me to do that from a tweet standpoint," Barbour said, according to Penn Live.

Hockey coach Guy Gadowsky said the stickers weren’t about Sandusky’s victims, CBS Pittsburgh reported. “News came that they were happy about, and it was all for support of them, nothing else, nothing more.”

Twitter users had mixed reaction.











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