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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: Jun 10, 2011
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:06 pm
 

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

This is what happens when Wikipedia is your only source...



Since: Apr 2, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:06 pm
 

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

How can this articles start by saying that Joe Pa isn't really dead, and then later in the same article refer to him as if he did die?

"In an interview with the Washington Post released just a week before Paterno's death,"

That is a direct quote from this article. An article saying the reports of his death are false. This writer is a moron. One of the main reasons I still come to this site for news is because their incompetence is so comical.    
  



Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:05 pm
 

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

Oops sorry A mistake.. When you judge someone else it doesnt define who they are, it defines who you are.


lsudental
Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:04 pm
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Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:04 pm
 

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

Well put Colts fan. Can see that you were raised with Indiana values.



Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:03 pm
 

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

When you judge someone it doesn't define you they are, it defines who you are. Prayers going out to the family. All for all of you that are bashing the man at a time like this shame on you..



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Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:02 pm
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Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:02 pm
 

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

You can always tell when the "weekenders" are working. they don't know what to do and should jst be sweeping floors and cleaning toilets as they have NO journalistic training.
Better to be late then WRONG !



Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:01 pm
 

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

im a christian very God fearing one everyday. I will say i have fallen off the path I have committed sins while a christian but God knows my heart and soul and he knows i try my best everyday to be courteous and faithful. let me say all u joepa haters u have no clue what transpired in the scandal u dont what u would do in that situation if u were put in it. so go ahead play the i woulda shoulda game your all good at at that game but the peeps that should have protected those kids was the second mile they knew of 98 incident heck 3 different agencies investigated that including child protective agency so who dropped the ball huh? maybe u all should argue with facts and not ur own opinion. Joe is, was, and always will be penn state and in my heart a legend who inspired people and his athletes.



Since: Oct 4, 2011
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:01 pm
 

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

You are the biggest freaking idiot in the world... A HUMAN BEING is fighting for his life and you say I can't wait till it's true.Right now Joe is circling the shower drain....
 it's nice to see that your parents raised you right....oh wait, Isn't your parents a pair of monkeys?  Grow up!
 


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