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PSU event kicks off without Joe Paterno

Updated: February 21, 2012, 1:55 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- An annual Penn State dance marathon was held for the first time without longtime head football coach Joe Paterno.

The Hall of Fame coach attended each year to rouse 700 students trying to make it through the weekend-long charity event on campus.

Paterno died last month at age 85 after being diagnosed with lung cancer.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, his family requested donations be made to Special Olympics of Pennsylvania or the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic ...

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