Joe Paterno, who guided Penn State to 409 victories during his 46-year head coaching tenure from 1966 through 2011, will be posthumously honored as the recipient of the 2012 Dick Enberg Award, presented by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Coach Paterno's son, Jay, will accept the honor on his family's behalf as part of the third annual Capital One Special Awards Gala on Monday, June 25, at CoSIDA's annual convention in St. Louis, Mo.
Joe Paterno was voted as the recipient of the Dick Enberg Award by CoSIDA's Special Awards Committee in March 2011 but was unable to attend last summer's workshop in Marco Island, Fla., to receive the honor. He was planning to appear at this year's event in St. Louis before dying in January after a battle with lung cancer.
"I'm sincerely pleased that the Paterno family will accept the Enberg Award on behalf of Coach Joe Paterno," Enberg said of this year's honor. "The award was established to recognize those that embody my passion and commitment to academics and athletics. Coach Paterno's amazing record in that regard speaks of his greatness as a national leader in sport and education, and I'm deeply honored that his name will be associated with the meaning of this award."