H.Res. 1715: Congratulating Joe Paterno on his 400th win as Penn State Nittany Lions football head coach.

H.Res. 1715

Congratulating Joe Paterno on his 400th win as Penn State Nittany Lions football head coach.

November 17, 2010 (111th Congress, 2nd Session)

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Floor Situation

H.Res. 1715 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Tuesday, November 16, 2010, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA).

Bill Summary

H.Res. 1715 would resolve that the House of Representatives:

  • “Congratulates Joe Paterno for his unparalleled success with both the Penn State football program and the University, resulting in 400 wins as head coach; and
  • “Commends Joe Paterno for setting an on and off the field example of honor, success, integrity, and respect for thousands of players, coaches, students, and fans throughout the nation.”


Joe Paterno has served the Pennsylvania State University with honor and distinction for 60 years since starting as an assistant coach in 1950. On November 6, 2010 he reached the milestone of 400 wins as a head coach. He has more wins as a head coach than any other in NCAA Division 1A FBS history, surpassing legendary coaches Bear Bryant and Bobby Bowden. In 45 years as head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions, Joe Paterno has two National Championships, seven undefeated seasons, 23 finishes in the top 10 rankings, and three Big Ten Conference Championships since joining the conference in 1993. Joe Paterno has 24 bowl game wins and 36 bowl game appearances, both of which are the most of any coach in history. Joe Paterno's continued dedication to his players and emphasis on academic integrity and education has resulted in Penn State fostering 15 Hall of Fame Scholar-Athletes, 34 first-team and 44 overall Academic All-Americans, and 18 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship winners.