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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
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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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SR1R
Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:13 pm
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Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:13 pm
 

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

Go to hell your just upset you could never get accepted into PSU



Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:13 pm
 

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family




Since: Sep 17, 2011
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:12 pm
 

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

sr1r get a life...or at least try to



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

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

I have never been more disgusted than by some of the posts here. I truly wonder if some of these folks even have hearts or red blood running in their veins.  Unless you were there and you know EXACTLY what happened, be careful about judging...Also, your day of judgement will come...If you've never made a mistake or regretted a decison...good for you...but I know that I have.  I was also raised to respect adults and authority.  IF he reported this to higher authorities, he did what he should do.  Should he have fired Sandusky? YES...but are we in his head?  Do we know what was happening?  Everything will come out.  And I love those folks that NOW can only see his errors and it's as if it negates ALL the good he did in his life.  All I have to say, is watch your hate and watch your judgement.  You may be very sorry that you were so very ugly and mean spirited.  Joe Paterno was a great football coach and a good man.  Did he make a big mistake in this instance...perhaps...but I will not judge him.  God knows his heart.  Watch for the day you are judged.


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

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

I am not sure what has happened to you in your life to have such hate in your heart but I hope that you can get some help (therapy that is) to make you more of a reasonable citizen for the sake of all of us and our kids. The hate that you have put into words speaks volumes about your own character (lack thereof). So, you never did anything wrong right? Saw a kid in school getting picked on and turned the other way? or maybe saw a man/women being treated badly by there significant other and told your buddies "hey thats not right." or did you say anything?  Take a step back and look at yourself and your life choices before you pass judgement on the actions of someone else



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

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

oh the university police. WOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! you're an idiot and the world is a better place now that grandpa molester is gone


SR1R
Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:09 pm
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