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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: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:31 pm
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Since: Feb 14, 2010
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:30 pm
 

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

Bring out your dead! (Clank) Bring out your dead!

Joe's not dead yet.



Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:29 pm
 

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

"All That is Required for Evil to Prevail is for Good Men to Do Nothing"

Joe Paterno was a good man who, when confronted with evil, did (almost) nothing.

My thoughts are slightly with his family and fans, but mostly with the children who were victimized by both that scumbag Sandusky and the corrupt culture that allowed the abuse to continue for so long.



Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:29 pm
 

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

Go get a new prepaid walmart card cause your phone is shut off!
 



Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:29 pm
 

Report: Former PSU coach Joe Paterno dies at 85

Bear Bryant, Joe Paterno, Bobby Bowden, all great coaches who didnt know what to do after retirement since football was their reason for living.  All you haters can go after someone else now.  I hope the Paterno family and PSU finds peace during this time and that the former players get together and help restore the good that is Penn State.  As far as the Sandusky jerk goes, Fry baby fry.  All of his victims deserve to see the justice for his actions.
 



Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:28 pm
 

Report: Former PSU coach Joe Paterno dies at 85

So sad. Such haters here. G-D save all your souls. He did not molest those kids and did not even see it. He did what he thought was right. Sadly he did not do enough buy hindsight is 50/50. RIP Joe Pa!!!!!!!!!!



Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:28 pm
 

Report: Former PSU coach Joe Paterno dies at 85

from news site that gives us the pos doyel and bernstien, and like them.. this story seems to be false as of now..



Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:28 pm
 

Report: Former PSU coach Joe Paterno dies at 85

Dear Joe, I'm proud to say I've shaken your hand before second to last game(ever). You will never be forgotten. Heros are remembered forever, legends never die. My prayers are with the Paterno family. And to everyone on here making horrid comments about this man, I'd write out how dissapointed I am that you even took the time, and probably a lot more about the kind of person you'd need to be to tell of a man on his death bed. The fact that 99.9% of his life he's been a better mn then anyone could be, yet all of you are so happy to focus on the .1%. It's truley unbelievable. I'd like to point all of this out, but instead I'll leave you wth, Thank you and Go State! We Are.....Proud!



Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:28 pm
 

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

I'm not going to stop to talk...


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