Paterno was a mentor to UConn football coach Paul Pasqualoni. UConn released the following statement Sunday from Pasqualoni (Penn State Class of 1972) on Paterno:
"Early in my collegiate playing career at Penn State, it became clear to me that from my athletic perspective it was going to be a challenge to get playing time with great players like Jack Hamm ahead of me. If I was to stay involved in the game of football, it was going to be as a teacher and a coach.
"Fortunately, there could not have been a better experience than learning how to teach and coach the game than being around Joe Paterno and the Penn State program. Not only did I get a great education in the classrooms at Penn State, but I also learned lessons as part of the football program there that I continue to use today as part of my coaching career."