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Report: Paterno family weighs stopping ventilator

Posted on: January 21, 2012 8:47 pm
Edited on: January 22, 2012 1:42 am
 


Posted by Adam Jacobi


UPDATE (12:25 a.m. ET): CBSSports.com issued an apology and correction for publishing an unsubstantiated report that former Penn State coach Joe Paterno had died.

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UPDATE (1:35 a.m. ET):
The Washington Post reported that Paterno's family was weighing whether to take the longtime coach off of a ventilator on Sunday.

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Penn State
student website Onward State has reported that Penn State players were notified of longtime head coach Joe Paterno's passing via email, and CBSSports.com went on this report. Paterno, 85, had been receiving chemotherapy as part of his treatment for lung cancer.

However, Paterno family spokesperson Dan McGinn told a New York Times reporter that the report of Paterno's demise is "absolutely not true," and Jay Paterno tweeted that his father "continues to fight." Onward State has since retracted their report.

Jay Paterno later tweeted he let his father know about the students gathering around his statue on campus, and that the "love and support" is "inspiring him." 

Paterno was the head coach of Penn State for 46 seasons before being fired in November as his role in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal came under greater scrutiny. Combined with the time he spent as an assistant, Paterno spent a total of 61 years on the Penn State sidelines. He left behind a legacy that, on the field of play, was unparalleled in Division I football. Paterno holds the all-time Division I record for football coaching wins with a 409-136-3 record, and he won two national championships while going undefeated in five different seasons.

[STATS: JoePa's lifetime coaching record]

Under Paterno, Penn State was a perennial powerhouse, known for decades as "Linebacker U" for its propensity to develop All-American linebackers. Paterno coached such great linebackers as Dennis Onkotz, Jack Ham, Shane Conlan, LaVar Arrington, Paul Posluszny, Dan Connor, and Sean Lee, along with many others.

Additionally, running back John Cappelletti won the Heisman Trophy in 1973 under Paterno, and Cappelletti was one of seven Penn State players to win the Maxwell Award for most outstanding college football player. All in all, 68 players were named first-team All-American by at least one of the major news services under Paterno; 13 of those players were two-year winners.

Paterno's longtime defensive coordinator and the architect of the defensive schemes that came to typify Penn State football was Jerry Sandusky, who's now more well-known for the allegations of underaged sexual abuse against him made by men who were involved in Sandusky's charity, The Second Mile, as boys. Sandusky is still awaiting trial for those allegations, and he pled not guilty to the charges in December 2011.

In an interview with the Washington Post released just a week ago, Paterno expressed remorse for not having done more to stop Sandusky's alleged crimes, and he also said he was "just sick about" the situation. Investigators did not bring charges against Paterno, and instead mentioned that he had fulfilled his legal obligations by notifying his superiors about an alleged assault when he was first notified in 2002.

After Paterno was fired in 2011, Penn State named Tom Bradley -- who, coincidentally, was Sandusky's replacement at defensive coordinator -- interim head coach. Bradley went 1-3, including a loss to Houston in the TicketCity Bowl, and was not retained as a coach when Penn State hired Bill O'Brien in January.

Paterno was well known for encouraging his players to excel in the classroom and earn their undergraduate degrees at Penn State, and his name will live on at Penn State. Paterno and his wife Sue were major financial supporters of Penn State University, as they donated millions of dollars for the Paterno Library on campus, and Paterno helped establish the Paterno Liberal Arts Undergraduate Fellows Program.
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Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: January 22, 2012 12:25 am
 

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

let me say it this way joe told his bosses did the legal right yes he could have done more but since we all have the ability to play the I WOULDA DID IT THIS WAY GAME and its 100 percent accurate when i say we and i mean every would not know what we would do in that situation at all when u r told or seen something thats tragic your body and mind go in sgock and atleast joe did something but to say he failed morally is so people that are naysayers can argue that they are better people just to make themselves feel and look better. and to that your all wrong but go ahead and pat yourselves on the back and think you are heroes I would hope and pray id do the right thing in difficult situations. but what if what joe did worked when he told his bosses you all would say Joe is a hero for doing the right thing so think about it that way since you haters out there play the woulda could shoulda game



Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: January 22, 2012 12:24 am
 

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

rep girl.   its daddy again.   i grad
uated with an english degree so when you read these blogs somehow you think that we all use slang language like myself.   i can,  if you wish clean up my grammar.   my IQ was 131 after college or at least that was my IQ test score before leaving on my future journey.    oh well,   not everything you read on these blogs explains how smart someone may actually be.     &n
bsp; good night  



Since: Jan 11, 2009
Posted on: January 22, 2012 12:24 am
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Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: January 22, 2012 12:22 am
 

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

Since when did a "student site" become a reputable source?? CBS, really?! This is a HUGE problem with media today. Laziness & the death of a passion for journalism and actual "reporting". Don't let amatures do your work for you. Im DISGUSTED with this FAILURE of confirming "sources"; especially on such a huge story. Now, everyone is backpedaling. My prayers are with Joe, his family & the PSU family.



Since: Aug 1, 2007
Posted on: January 22, 2012 12:20 am
 

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

ABSOLUTELY RIGHT, redsoxfan, well stated! No one should feel any pity for Joe Paterno. As you put it very well, he allowed little boys to be raped by a member of his staff and that makes him just as guilty as the pedophile. Joe Paterno deserves no sympathy whatsoever for how he is seen now. The truth about what kind of man he is has finally come to light. Too bad for you Penn State fans who can't handle the truth. 



Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: January 22, 2012 12:15 am
 

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

God Bless and many prayers to the Paterno family! He and his family have single handedly made Penn State the college it is today. Without JoePa, Penn State does not exist in its current state. Those of you who feel the need to bad mouth this revered man,  1. You didn't go to PSU, 2. You aren't from Central PA, 3. You have no conscience. 
Joe is not responsible for the Sandusky crap, he did what he had to do, reported to his superiors. Let's hope Curley and Spanier go away as graciously as Joe did.
Rest in peace Joe, you are a legend that every college coach will strive to be. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family. To hell with the naysayers!
Much love to the Paterno and PSU family! 



Since: Aug 1, 2007
Posted on: January 22, 2012 12:14 am
 

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

"Bigdaddy" what does any of this have to do with whether Joe Paterno is dead or alive?  The fact that there is no 'god' nor heaven nor hell is irrelevant. Hate to see anyone suffer through cancer but from all accounts that I've read, he does seem to have been the most hypocritcal bastard in all of sports. If he manages to survive cancer (which I doubt will happen) he should get prison time for his aggregious failure to do the right thing for so many years with Jerry Sandusky. He had to have know the man was  pedophile.



Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: January 22, 2012 12:14 am
 

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

your a red sox fan that says it all your full of BS 



Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: January 22, 2012 12:08 am
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Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: January 22, 2012 12:08 am
 

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

Joe Paterno
Most people are only truely admired when they are dead but he is a hero now and he will be an icon for years to come and when he is not i don't want to see that day because the values will have changed so much



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