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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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SR1R
Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:00 pm
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Since: Nov 1, 2008
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:00 pm
 

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

Please, someone report SR12 to administrator of the Board! This ignorant 12 year old needs to be cut off immediately. No one can be this damn dumb and be allowed to post. Freedom of speech cannot apply to this a//hole.



Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:00 pm
 

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

Joe I don't believe that ther will ever be another coach that can stay at one university as long as you did and continue to run a clean program. Rest in peace my friend.



Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:59 pm
 

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

Careless and unethical news reporting.  That's right, blame it on someone else.  While you're at, it wipe some of that egg off your face!



Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:59 pm
 

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

I am disgusted by this "news" organization.  How can you responsibly report the passing of any person without confirming it with reliable sources?  How dare you put up an article claiming someone has died and then quickly take it down and repost something completely different.  I hope that the responsible party understands the heart ache/pain/stress/anger that this mistake, for lack of a better word, has caused.  It is also my hope that CBS will take the appropriate actions to discipline the person who posted the story.




Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:57 pm
 

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

Going down the drain is just sick and wrong to post.


lsudental
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Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:56 pm
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SR1R
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Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:55 pm
 

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

You are truely a sick person



Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:54 pm
 

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

So, will the person responsible for this FALSE report be fired? If not how can anybody take CBS Sports seriously again? You hold people in the Sports world accountable, time to hold yourselves accountable.


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