Blog Entry

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.

---

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.

---

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 21, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:30 pm
 

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

Don't you think you guys should have confirmed the reports BEFORE you made the assumption that it was true?  As per your own report, you had received word that the players had been informed of Joe Paterno's passing, and went off of that report.  You didn't research the report to ensure it was true first?  Is that how it works now?  Why do the media outlets feel the need to race each other to be the first one to make the report of his passing?  That's all it is, a race to be the first!  Let the man pass in peace, and let his family be the ones to inform us of when he does. 



Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:29 pm
This comment has been removed.

Post Deleted by Administrator




Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:29 pm
 

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

Cheers to CBS. Nothing like beating your competitors to a story. What a disgrace.




Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:28 pm
 

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

I had the president of the company I WORK FOR ASK ME HOW i CAN STILL BE A PENN STATE fan and support joepa still and I told him him I always will be and that Joepa did what was right then he said morally he should have done more. so I said to him if I would see something happen at work like a sex crime should i call the police even though company policy states I go to higher ups and tell them. He said yes I should come to the company higher ups because he would Hope I would trust the company to handle the situation immediately and I said to him isnt that what Joepa did. He was shocked I said that and that kinda changed his opinion on the psu matter. This is a true thing that happened at my work between the president and myself



Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:27 pm
 

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

Adam Jacobi will be lucky enough if he can keep his Twitter account after this mess.



Since: Feb 7, 2009
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:26 pm
 

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

No one at CBS Sports has the balls to apologize for the inaccurate and premature report of Joe Pa's death.  They blame it on another source because they have no accountability for themselves and their egos are too big to apologize for their false news.  Shows you how classless CBS Sports is.  From now on, I'm getting all my Joe Pa news and all my sports news from ESPN.



Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:21 pm
 

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

Not only should CBS fire all parties responsible for the false report, but should absolutely post an apology for the totally irresponsible attempt at journalism!! WHERE IS THE APOLOGY CBS?



Since: Feb 3, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:19 pm
 

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

I am saddened to hear of Coach Paterno's declining health and find it deplorable that anyone would post a jeer upon the news of the coach's struggle against cancer. (I'm not a PSU fan.) The coach didn't do it and he didn't cover it up. Pray for him instead of insult him now.



Since: Apr 6, 2011
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:18 pm
 

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

what a great man, i really respect Joe Pa and hate that he got a bad rep in the end. I hope we can keep him around a little longer


lsudental
Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:18 pm
This comment has been removed.

Post Deleted by Administrator



The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com