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STATE COLLEGE, Pa., February 9, 2001 -- Penn State football coach Joe Paterno will be inducted into the Pittsburgh Hall of Fame at the Dapper Dan Dinner on Saturday, February 10.
The 65th Annual Dapper Dan event will be held at the Pittsburgh Hilton & Towers. Dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m. and the program is at 7:00.
Entering his 36th season as head coach of the Nittany Lions, Paterno will be joined in his induction by Tony Dorsett, the former standout running back who played at Pitt. The legendary coach previously was the Dapper Dan's Sportsman of the Year in 1982 and '98. Paterno will enter his 52nd season as a member of the Penn State coaching staff second in all-time victories with a 322-90-3 record, a winning percentage of 78.0. With the Lions' second victory during the 2001 campaign, Paterno will pass Paul "Bear" Bryant for most career wins by a Division I-A coach. Only Eddie Robinson (408), John Gagliardi (377-active) and Bryant (323) have more career victories than Paterno across all NCAA divisions.
Paterno's winning percentage is fourth-best among active coaches. He's won two national championships (1982 and '86), compiled five undefeated seasons (1968, '69, '73, '86 and '94) and is the all-time bowl victories and appearances leader with a 20-9-1 mark. Only two of his 35 teams have had a record below .500.
More than 225 of his former players have played in the National Football League, including Courtney Brown and LaVar Arrington, the first and second picks in the 2000 National Football League Draft. In Super Bowl XXXV, five former Paterno pupils played in the game, the second-highest total of any school in the nation.
Last fall, Paterno was selected the nation's best coach in a Bloomberg News poll of I-A coaches. He has been named national Coach of the Year an unprecedented four times.
In addition to Paterno and Dorsett's induction into the Pittsburgh Hall of Fame, Jason Kendall will be honored as the Dapper Dan Sportsman of the Year and Dori Anderson as Sportswoman of the Year. Mike Ditka, former Pitt player and NFL player and coach, will receive the Dapper Dan Lifetime Achievement award.
The Dapper Dan Dinner is the main fund-raiser for Dapper Dan Charities, which subsidizes the youth sports leagues operated by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania. Tickets for the dinner are $60 and $125 and can be purchased by contacting the Dapper Dan office at 412-263-3850.