"I’ve always admired the job Frank Beamer has done in Blacksburg, both on the field and away from it," said Penn State coach Joe Paterno, the award’s namesake. "I’ve been especially impressed by his work in the community. He stands for all that’s good in college sports, a great choice for this year’s winner."Congratulations to Frank Beamer on winning the inaugural Joe Paterno Award, given to the college football coach that "best combines on-field success with academic achievement and community service." This is a huge honor for Beamer and says a lot about how Virginia Tech's program is viewed by those in college football.