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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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gmen 2012
Since: Jan 20, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 11:09 pm
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Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2012 11:09 pm
 

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

the thing is he didn't know all the details, becuase mcqueary didn't tell him everything, he only told joe paterno part of the story and paterno went to the people above him, and he thought they would report it to the polcie



Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2012 11:04 pm
 

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

QBNY941   read what i said to luny earlier.   its the same as i can tell you.   got over it.  paterno mis a great man that did what any other coach has EVER DONE,  go thru the chain of command.   name one coach who turned in his coach.  not one.   it was 9 years later and he did what he was supposed to do.   the same idiots that questioned paterno and said he did not do enough is the same idiots that let sandusky stay around,   the penn state board, or trustees.   they should all resign.   NOW GO BACK TO BED BEFORE YOU MISS YOUR CLASSES ON MONDAY AT PITT. 



Since: Jun 26, 2011
Posted on: January 21, 2012 11:02 pm
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Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 11:01 pm
 

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

Really dissapointed that CBS would report Joe Pa as being dead when he isn't.  Is CBS that eager to be first?  I kept looking at the other sites and new sources to verify the original article.  I thought it was strange that nobody else had reported it.  Shame on CBSSports.  I'm sure you guys will get it right eventually, but in the meantime, your reporter and editors should be fired.



Since: Oct 3, 2009
Posted on: January 21, 2012 11:00 pm
 

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

I Do Not Care Fact is What goes around comes around.



Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:59 pm
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Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:58 pm
 

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

paterno was never accused of raping kids... he was fired because he knew what sandusky did and never told anybody. And what do the kids have anything to do with him still being alive? he has cancer..


sman2011
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Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:56 pm
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Since: Apr 1, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:54 pm
 

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

I saw it here then went to the LA Times, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Yahoo Sports!, and others to see none of these sites suggesting that Mr. Paterno had passed. How in the world could a respected news agency like CBS Sports come out with a report like this without having first verified it? Reminds me of the day their radio affiliate here in LA reported Bob Hope had passed only to have him call in to refute it after hearing it for himself. For shame.


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