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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: May 25, 2009
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:17 pm
 

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

If Joe Paterno is in fact on his death bed, it's too bad that it has to happen right after the scandal.



Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:17 pm
 

Where is CBS' apology to the Paterno family?

CBS ran with a story they didn't bother to fact check, and in doing so made an already terribly difficult time for the Paterno family that much more difficult.  Now they try to pass off responsibility to a student website.  What a SHAMEFUL episode, CBS.  Absolutely SHAMEFUL.



Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:16 pm
 

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

Thank you SeaninColumbus, I couldn't have said it better.  PSU has had uninterrupted press coverage of every move made by the Paterno family and they report his death incorrectly?  Disgusting.

And for those of you sanctimonious posters who hold JoePa responsible for Jerry Sandusky, I was a Pennsylvania Children and Youth Services worker for years.  We could not legally act on a phone call or report that said someone else might have seen a crime.  It was the University Police who are responsible for taking McQuery's report and turning it over to local police or local Children and Youth.  Mike McQ is responsible for reporting what he saw.  Sandusky, if proven guilty, is beyond disgusting, but PSU was just looking for an excuse to fire JoePa; they have been for years.

Can you account for your acquaintances' whereabouts and conduct every minute of the last 13 years?  Would you be surprised to learn someone you trusted was involved in criminal activity?  Should YOU be held accountable for the conduct of the people you know?  These horrible actions take place in secret when it is assumed no one is around; children seldom ever self report.  The high school that found Sandusky engaged in questionable activities reported it, as required by PA law and saw that he never came back to their high school.  However, those reports are confidential unless they go to court, at which point the press reports on what comes out.  There was enough questionable information for the PSU authorities to 'ban' him from the campus yet he was seen with the college president a week before Sandusky's arrest.  Not illegal, but highly questionable.  Is JoePa knowledgeable of who is in the president's company during games?  Joe is on the field coaching or in his own coaches box when injured and unable to be on the field.  These con artists are really good at disguiding their activity.

As for CBS Sports reporting prematurely of Joe's death, I agree with Sean--will anyone at CBS be held accountable?


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Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:15 pm
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Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:15 pm
 

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

Why are you asking, still looking for your father's email address in their directory?



Since: Oct 15, 2011
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:15 pm
 

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

SR you dont have to commit the travesties that Mr. Sandusky committed to go to hell  Someone can find themselves in hell for just not believing. 



Since: Sep 17, 2011
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:14 pm
 

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

sr1r Lets do a little background check on you...you moron



Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:14 pm
 

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

Let me begin with this: I pray for the family and this man!  Now to address his career supposedly being clean...now for the individual(s) who said this completely missed why Joe Paterno lost his job, indirect involvement in a horrific child molestation ring in the ATHLETIC department by his former ASSISTANT head coach with his knowledge over a decade...if not longer.




Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:14 pm
 

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

After a story like this when JoePa does finally Pass on the overall media reaction will be REALLY?  ARE WE SURE THIS TIME?  and considering this hoax and bad reporting from before when he does pas on finally the American public may want pictures to confirm his death before a burial in an unmarked location in the adriatic sea....or am I getting his death confused with someone elses lol.  And just before nay PSU fans get their panties in a bunch I'm not making fun of the tradgic yet inevitable death of JoePA but rather I'm making fun of the schotty reporting and how all journalists have become parasites to the point of any slight rumor they are reporting as fact just to break a story before it happens...this leads to the "Dewey beats Truman" mentality and quality of reporting...so guys before declaring someone dead and putting the toe tag on...check their pulse first lol. 



Since: Dec 31, 2010
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:13 pm
 

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

And you as well


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