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Reports: Joe Paterno 'near death,' off respirator

Posted on: January 21, 2012 6:10 pm
Edited on: January 21, 2012 7:32 pm
 
Posted by Adam Jacobi

Joe Paterno, the man who for decades was synonymous with the powerhouse Penn State football program, is reportedly in declining health. Onward State, the student-run Penn State website, reported on Saturday that Paterno had been taken off his respirator that morning, according to a source close to the family. Further, a report by Tom McAndrew of Blue White Illustrated indicates that Paterno's extended family has been summoned to the hospital.

If those reports are true, Paterno likely has, at best, a matter of days to live. It may be even shorter than that, as Mike Sisak of the Citizens' Voice in Wilkes-Barre is reporting that Paterno is "near death."

"Over the last few days Joe Paterno has experienced further health complications," said Paterno family spokesman Dan McGinn. "His doctors have now characterized his status as serious. His family will have no comment on the situation and asks that their privacy be respected during this difficult time."

It was only a week ago that Paterno gave his first interview since his November firing at the height of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. In it, interviewer Sally Jenkins noted that Paterno was wheelchair-bound, wearing a wig, and reduced to whispers due to his battle with lung cancer. Further, Paterno is 85, and most people that age aren't able to begin and win a fight with a disease like lung cancer. Still, Jenkins also noted that Paterno remained sharp, and his familiar tone and personality are evident in the interview snippets that were posted online.

CBSSports.com will provide more details as they become available, as this is a developing situation.
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joepedofile
Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:35 pm
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Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:28 pm
 

Reports: Joe Paterno 'near death,' off respirator

The illustrates the possible consequences. A student raped in her dorm room in 2004 learned that the accused football player had been expelled from a summer program for threatening, grabbing and sexually harassing several women on campus. He had been readmitted within weeks at the insistence of his coach. The student sued the university for violating her Title IX rights by creating a “hostile environment,” and in 2009, a court settlement forced university officials to pay the petitioner $850,000, appoint a student safety coordinator and overhaul its policies on sexual assault.


You want more Jeff Smoker, I have plenty to post about ASU



Jeff Smoker
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Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:25 pm
 

Reports: Joe Paterno 'near death,' off respirator



proof the Arizona St is the most currupt football program in the history of the NCAA


Jeff Smoker
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Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:23 pm
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Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:20 pm
 

Reports: Joe Paterno 'near death,' off respirator

Jeff Smoker .... and during that same time period how many Arizona St players committed crimes?????  I can tell ya, try twice the number of Penn St players.


Jeff Smoker
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Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:15 pm
 

Reports: Joe Paterno 'near death,' off respirator

Oh and mmac ... Joe Paterno did all he could do, which is report the said incident to his superiors. He did not witness anything first hand, only McQuerry did. What McQuerry told Paterno has no bearing on anything because anything Paterno could have said would be heresay evidence, he had no first hand knowledge as to whether any of it was true or not. More investigation was needed since McQuerry failed to do what he should have done. At that point the only avenue available to Paterno was to follow the chain of command at Penn St.  Paterno could have gone to the police, but they would have told him exactly what I am saying here, have McQuerry come in and tell us, your heresay evidence is nothing.



Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:11 pm
 

Reports: Joe Paterno 'near death,' off respirator

My thoughts and prayers are with Joe and his family.

“They ask me what I’d like written about me when I’m gone. I hope they write I made Penn State a better place, not just that I was a good football coach.” - Joe Paterno 



Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:09 pm
 

Reports: Joe Paterno 'near death,' off respirator

mmac, your claim that when you were at a community college that they discussed child molestation at the college is bs. Its not a subject that would be brought up. Secondly, I have worked with CPS on several cases and know what requirements are there for any CPS to act on any alledged actions.  They are confined as to whom they can investigate and if tthey are not a family member CPS can not act without a police report. CPS is for the protection of children from parental abuse or guardian abuse, they do not have any control over abuse by anyone outside the family or guardians family, that is completely a police matter. If your going to spout bullchit please at least have a clue what your talking about.


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