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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.
Comments

Since: Jan 10, 2010
Posted on: January 21, 2012 11:21 pm
 

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

Gmen, you are a dumbass crass son of a bitch with no intellegence.



Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2012 11:18 pm
 

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

Secret plans being hatched by important people at State College. Joe Paterno will "live on" for 15+ years. He will be PSU's Brezhnev.



Since: Jan 10, 2010
Posted on: January 21, 2012 11:18 pm
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Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2012 11:17 pm
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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 21, 2012 11:16 pm
 

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

The fact that the people who Joe reported it to dropped "the ball" is not really Paterno's fault. He wasn't an eye witness to it, and he wasn't in the business of law enforecement, and criminal investigation. Yes he "shoulda done more." But at least he did something.

Listen man, you can twist and turn it however you want and make excuses until you're purple in the face but it won't change a thing. When somebody comes to you and tells you they believe they saw something that even remotely comes close to a child being taken advantage of, raped, molested, etc  your job is to report that to authorities immediately.  In Paterno's case giving his superiors a chance to do something first made some sense, but when they didn't do anything about it Paterno's job to let them know either they go to the police or he will.  He didn't do "something" just because he reported it to some people that in the end mean nothing, "something" would have been going to the police and reporting the molester.  Had he done that he probably would have saved a lot more children from suffering the same fate over a lot of years and saved people from basically losing their lives as they know them, growing up to suffer as adults for the rest of their lives.

If you have kids then you know the "something" Paterno did wouldn't have been good enough for you.  If you don't have kids then I understand your comments because with all due respect you don't have a clue.  I do have kids, 2 boys. If anybody EVER lays a hand on them or does anything like this to my boys life as the molester knows it is over.  I promise you jail would be a great end result compared to the fate he would suffer in the real world.  I also promise you something else, if God forbid I ever witness anything like that I could never ignore it like these people did.  I, my wife and my entire family would give up everything we have to save a child from being raped because everything we have is replaceable.  Take a child's innocence away and they never get it back.... 



Since: Aug 17, 2010
Posted on: January 21, 2012 11:15 pm
 

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

IF PENN STATE WULDA CAME OUT AND SAID JOE PA WAS NOT GUILTY THEN THINGS WULDA BEEN OK..SANDUSKY WASNT EVEN A UMPLOYEE OF THE SCHOOL SO HOW CULD HE BE IN TRUBLE WITH JOE PA...THE FACTS KEEP GETTING MISGUIDED....HOW CAN WE KNOW WHAT GOES ON WHEN THERE AINT NO CAMERA THERE....!!!



Since: Dec 24, 2011
Posted on: January 21, 2012 11:14 pm
 

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

Terrible journalistic error by CBS to go with the report that Paterno had died. ESPN, SI and others refused to run with info from a student website. Sometimes zealousness to be the first to get the story out results with rotten eggs on one's face. 



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

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

Goes around comes around
i bet that you did some thing bad in your life shoud i be glad that you died no no one should be glad any one is dead




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

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

Ok lesson for everyone out there who needs facts.


1- Joepa told 2 people higher than himself
2 - Tim Curley  AD = athletic director
3- Gary Shultz = Head of University Police Department
4- Second Mile knew of 1998 allegations
5- Child Protective Agency knew also of 1998 allegations 
 



Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2012 11:09 pm
 

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

I'm going to bed. Good night.


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