The bobbleheads, the T-shirts, the hoodies — anything that has Joe Paterno’s likeness on it is gone from store shelves now that a licensing agreement with the university has ended.
The Centre Daily Times reports the 60-day window merchants had to sell PSU-licensed Joe Paterno products has closed for good. The former university football coach died last month, but the agreement was made in November, after he was fired by the board of trustees for failing to report alleged sexual abuse by former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky to the proper authorities.
Now the names “Paterno,” “Joe Paterno” and “JoePa” are off-limits, as are visual likenesses of the former coach. Anyone looking to honor Paterno with a T-shirt will have to stick to the “Joe Knows Football” shirt and other, more vague items.