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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. http://www.texansrookiestore.com/Texans-Alfred-Blue-Jersey/ . -- Penn State detailed plans Thursday to mark the 50th anniversary of Joe Paternos first win as hundreds of the late coachs former players made their way back to State College for a private reunion, marking a milestone that has emerged as a sensitive issue for the university and people critical of Paternos role in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.Athletic director Sandy Barbour said Thursday that commemorations during Penn States game Saturday against Temple would focus on Paternos commitment to student-athletes and academics, plus highlights of the 1966 game and players from that team.Coach Paterno wanted academic success not only for his players but also for every student who came through Penn State. Together with his wife, Sue, they helped countless students become leaders and earn a Penn State diploma, Barbour said in a statement. Our plans are consistent with the wishes of the Paterno family as well, with a focus on the players and their accomplishments at Penn State and beyond.The statement did not mention the scandal or address the backlash that sparked immediately after the athletic department announced before the season started that it would formally honor the anniversary.Paterno coached at Penn State for 46 seasons, becoming college footballs winningest coach. But the coach was fired by the schools board of trustees shortly after Sandusky, who was his defensive coordinator, was arrested in November 2011 for child sexual abuse. Paterno died in January 2012 of lung cancer.In May, unsealed court documents said an alleged Sandusky victim said he complained to Paterno about Sandusky in 1976 and was rebuffed. The universitys president, Eric Barron, has said the allegation was not substantiated in court or tested by any other process. Paterno was never charged with a crime related to the scandal.Sandusky was convicted on 45 of 48 charges in June 2012 and is serving a 30- to 60-year sentence.Warren Hartenstine played on Paternos first team in 1966 and was one of a handful of former players to help the Paterno family organize Fridays reunion. As he prepared to leave his Maryland home for State College on Thursday, he described his emotions in a telephone interview with the AP. He said he understands and accepts that Paterno has become a polarizing figure.Coach Paterno, I think in many ways was naive about everything in the world except football and human growth, Hartenstine said. We were the fulfillment of what his lifes goals were. He adopted my family, my college roommates, everyone. You were just very special to him. How to respond to the accusations? Theres a sense of impossibility about it.But Hartenstine said he doesnt consider the reunion a celebration of Paterno. Rather, its about recognizing the achievements of players who were a part of the coachs Grand Experiment that placed an emphasis on academics.The emphasis has been not so much on Joe Paterno, Hartenstine said. This is about the men of the Grand Experiment. (Sue Paterno) repeats it over and over again that the accomplishments of lettermen are what this is a celebration of. I shouldnt even say lettermen. There are walk-ons that were there, some on our team, who put in their four years and worked, very, very hard.Moving forward from the scandal has proven a difficult challenge for Penn State, requiring leaders to balance distancing the university from the scandal while juggling the wishes of ardent Penn State supporters who credit Paterno for giving the university an identity to be proud of.The private reunion, proposed by Paternos widow Sue Paterno, is expected to draw nearly 500 former players across five decades to the schools baseball stadium, which is owned by the university but managed by a private company that runs minor league baseball and other events at the ballpark. The park is adjacent to Beaver Stadium, Penn States football field.Sue Paterno said in a statement that the reunion was to honor the achievements of the players and to raise funds by charging $50 per player for graduating Penn State athletes to attend graduate school. She said while she was pleased the university planned to mark the occasion too, the family told the university it wanted the focus of the event to be on the players.The university has confirmed that this is their plan, and we commend them for their approach, she said. http://www.texansrookiestore.com/Texans-Derek-Newton-Jersey/ . -- If this was Aaron Gordons final home game at Arizona, and it almost certainly was, then he went out in style. http://www.texansrookiestore.com/Texans-Ryan-Griffin-Jersey/ . With their top three point guards and Kobe Bryant all sidelined by injury, the Lakers signed Marshall out of the D-League on Friday before their home game against Minnesota. http://www.texansrookiestore.com/Texans-Johnathan-Joseph-Jersey/ . Westbrook has missed 27 games since having a procedure on Dec. 27 to deal with swelling in his injured right knee — the third operation on the knee in nine months.MONTREAL -- Alexandre Despatie may have already begun thinking about ending his medal-filled career after he cracked his head on the diving board before last summers Olympics. The injury sidelined the three-time world diving champion for most of the crucial run-up to the Games. He eventually finished 11th in the three-metre springboard. Despatie announced his retirement Tuesday after an illustrious career that saw him burst on to the international scene as a 13-year-old phenomenon when he won gold in the 10-metre event at the 1998 Commonwealth Games. He told a news conference in Montreal on Tuesday that his objective after London and "a turbulent 2012" was to keep diving for one year. But Despatie underwent surgery to correct bursitis and tendinitis in his left knee last October. He then had additional surgery a few weeks later. "I guess in the process circumstances were becoming more and more clear that it was going to be really difficult and demanding for me to dive this year," he said. Despatie added it was like a weight being lifted off his shoulders when he finally decided to call it quits. "Its not a forced decision," said Despatie, who turns 28 this Saturday. "There was a lot of thought behind it, but Im ready to move forward." His father Pierre said there were ongoing family discussions after the London Olympics about the possibility of retirement. "But we didnt know when," he said. "We knew he wanted to do an extra year, so it was just delaying the process." Despaties father said his son knew he wouldnt be in top shape and ready for the 2013 world championships in Barcelona in mid-July. "Hes not the type of person who just wants to show up at an event -- he wanted to show up to win the event," he said. The younger Despatie said the most importantt thing in his career was his passion. http://www.texansrookiestore.com/Texans-Jadeveon-Clowney-Jersey/. "To be the best that I could ever be was my motto," he said. "To work as hard as I could to get where I want to be was what I did." Despaties older sister, Anouk, said what made her the proudest was her brothers perseverance. "When we were young, we went diving together and he persevered all along his career during the ups and downs," she said in an interview. "He always wanted to be the best and finally he succeeded." But his 30-year-old sister also admitted she was a bit jealous when she was younger because her brother was getting a lot of attention. "That was when I was young and when youre little you also need some attention," Anouk Despatie said. "But today thats not a problem at all." The next step for Despatie is to pursue his longtime dream of a career in television. "Its important to have dreams, to have other goals after being an athlete," Despatie said. "And lucky for me those dreams were born a long time ago." Despatie has already had some exposure to the big screen. He starred as himself in a 2007 French teen romantic comedy entitled: "On Your Marks: Party!" Despatie, who began diving at home as a five-year-old, also thanked all the people and organizations that helped him during his career, including trainers, the Canadian Olympic Committee and Diving Canada. "Thank you for believing in me," he said. "To all my friends, thank you for your understanding. To my family, mom, dad, thank you for your unconditional support." Despatie is the only diver to have won world championships in all three of the one-metre, three-metre and 10-metre events. He was also a silver medallist on the three-metre springboard at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games. 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