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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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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: Sep 28, 2011
Posted on: January 22, 2012 12:21 pm
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Since: May 15, 2007
Posted on: January 22, 2012 11:43 am
 

Report: Paterno family weighs stopping ventilator

Because so much of his energy and purpose was directed towards that football team, I think that him losing his job pretty much took away his will to fight off death. That doesn't mean, of course, that he shouldn't have been fired for not handling the situation properly -- but I think him losing the job was a direct factor in the decline of his health.



Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2012 11:10 am
 

Report: Paterno family weighs stopping ventilator

Paterno could have handled those situations better but he doesn't deserve  LEO.  LEO has some severe anger issues and should seek professional help ratther than venting here.



Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: January 22, 2012 10:39 am
 

Report: Paterno family weighs stopping ventilator

LEO really?? First off direct your anger towards the one who did it and that is Sandusky. Secondly, don't judge, cause most peeps reading your statement would consider you a bully. By what you wrote it seems you are unable to determine where to place the hatred you have been carrying for so long. I guarentee you will reply  cause of your hatred within. Try to make things better for yourself before shooting off your mouth,with such vulgarity. Joe did what he was to do by following the chain of command. you will never understand. I hope you never have children. May God forgive you!~



Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: January 22, 2012 10:35 am
 

Report: Paterno family weighs stopping ventilator

And how do you know this? Were you in his office? Did you work on his staff? Typical Philly fan is what you are: ignorant, hateful, and assuming you know everything. Go back to night school and get you GED. Ignorant prick.


Leo Manigault
Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: January 22, 2012 10:20 am
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Since: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2012 10:19 am
 

Report: Paterno family weighs stopping ventilator

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."        -- Theodore Roosevelt


sman2011
Since: Dec 19, 2010
Posted on: January 22, 2012 10:09 am
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Since: Dec 31, 2011
Posted on: January 22, 2012 9:44 am
 

Report: Paterno family weighs stopping ventilator

My opinion is people are quick to judge i will await the findings from a judge & not convict someone in the court of public opinion .



Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: January 22, 2012 9:22 am
 

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First of all, what on earth are you name calling like a child for? Secondly, if someone came to you and said one of your employees was raping your 9 year old son, are you telling us that you would tell your boss and that's it? Paterno should have told his boss, made sure the police were notified. Instead, to his everlasting shame, he (and a 28 year old McQuery) didn't do anything other than report it to their boss and as a result several more unfortunate boys were raped for another 9 years by that animal. You need to try and refrain as much as possible from the type of immature comments and name calling with $$$ signs and act like a man, not a baby or you will lose your privileges here.


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