No More PSU-Paterno Merchandise

Penn State's licensing arrangement with its former head coach has ended. All school-related merchandise featuring Paterno's name, likeness or image must be cleared out within 60 days.

The chasm between Penn State and recently fired Nittany Lion football coach Joe Paterno continues to grow.

Earlier this week, the university's Office of Licensing Programs issued a letter to vendors saying effective immediately “Penn State will no longer approve any designs featuring Mr. Paterno's name, likeness, and/or image.”

It went on to state that businesses had 60 days (from Dec. 6) to “deplete” whatever stock they may have of Penn State-related material featuring Paterno.

FOS tracked down a copy of the letter after this story broke at the PSU student site OnwardState.com.

A university source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the decision to end the licensing relationship between the university and the former coach was mutual.

Through the longstanding Penn State/Paterno Licensing Program, Joe Paterno receives a cut of any PSU merchandise that includes his name, likeness and/or image. But his portion goes directly to charity.

In fact, in the letter, the Office of Licensing Programs asked vendors to make their final royalty payments for any Penn State-Paterno merchandise to the Catholic Campus Ministries Fund.

The letter also points vendors to the Paterno/JVP Properties Program for instructions on future use of Paterno's name, likeness and/or image. That program is administrated by Paterno's daughter, Mary Kay Hort.

The Penn State Board of Trustees fired Paterno Nov. 9 in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal that has rocked central Pennsylvania.

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