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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.
Comments

Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: January 22, 2012 9:22 am
 

Report: Paterno family weighs stopping ventilator

 I'm all for supporting your team or alma-mater and all, but if I was a Penn Stae guy, I wouldn't say one word. For what? You are all in a no win situation. Showing "support" of Joe Pa translates to most non Happy Valley faithful as supporting what went on. Nobody knows what Paterno knew or didn't know except him. It's just as easy to assume he's innocent as it is to asume he covered up the whole mess. Penn State is supposed to be one of the better schools in the land, but most of the Penn State folks on here sound really, really stupid!!

 For the official record I hate Penn State, always have, but I am sorry to hear that Paterno is dying. IMO all you Penn Staters should just stay off the blogs and message boards and just pray that this whole scandal doesn't get any worse. Say a few prayers for Paterno and his family and keep quiet!!!



Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: January 22, 2012 9:19 am
 

Report: Paterno family weighs stopping ventilator

OMG!!!




Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: January 22, 2012 9:15 am
 

Report: Paterno family weighs stopping ventilator

CBS made a mistake!!! The writing was so small I didn't see it.




Since: Jun 13, 2008
Posted on: January 22, 2012 9:07 am
 

Report: Paterno family weighs stopping ventilator

All of this scandalous B.S.is what's really killing The Honorable Mr.Joe Paterno.I wonder how Sandusky feels now!?This man was one of the,if not the greatest Coaches in NCAA history.I just want to send my condolensces to his family,who are right now trying to make the most difficult decision they may ever have to make.The way that school treated him at the end just kicking him to the curb like common trash was despicable.I won't even mention the name of the school who bled him dry & then when sh1t hit the fan,turned their backs on him.Let's also not forget Sandusky's victims in all of this.



Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: January 22, 2012 8:44 am
 

Report: Paterno family weighs stopping ventilator

This story shows why CBS is one of the most pathetic sports websites in this country.  If something happens in the SEC, they carefully write the article to defend anyone accused of anything and they defend the conference with great effort.  They wait until they have all the facts and even then remind the readers that judgment should be held until all the facts are uncovered.  When they find a story on a Big 10 school, they jump to ridiculous conclusions with no hesitation.  Last year, one person failed a drug test at Iowa and CBS ran a story that at least 8 people had failed the drug test and more were expected.  They, of course, never apologized for that.  Apparently they only apologize when they accidently claim someone died.  This shameful website proudly hires 2 hack journalists (Dodd and Doyel) who constantly write articles claiming that people should be fired.  And now they accomplished a new low by claiming someone has died.  Until CBS finally cleans house, they will continue to be the most pathetic sports website available.



Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: January 22, 2012 8:38 am
 

Report: Paterno family weighs stopping ventilator

Once again, ignorant CBS readers say that Paterno didn't do anything.  Get the facts straight, dumba$$.  He not only told his supervisor but he told a Vice President of the university.  How do you jacka$$es keep saying that this is doing nothing?  The next time your boss fails to act on something, you should be fired.  After all, that's the way business works right?  Lower level employees are responsible for their boss.  What a dumba$$. 



Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: January 22, 2012 8:37 am
 

Report: Paterno family weighs stopping ventilator

RIP Joe! God took you out of this horrible place of hell. He new you did nothing wrong and was suffering. You were punished for something you never did . You are in my heart & prayers forever!! Say Hi to my Husband in Heaven!!! God Bless You.




Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: January 22, 2012 8:31 am
 

Report: Paterno family weighs stopping ventilator

man you are sickbut shows what.  I am not a Penn St but wishing someone to die?  You have got to be kidding. Doesn't matter what he did know or didn't know wishing him to die is unbelieveable



Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: January 22, 2012 8:27 am
 

Report: Paterno family weighs stopping ventilator

let him die, he knew that his coach was raping little boys and stayed at Penn State after nothing was done about it. He is just as guilty as Sandusky



Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: January 22, 2012 8:23 am
 

Report: Paterno family weighs stopping ventilator

Agreed! And I don't trust this current headline either. Am pressing our league commish to find a new fantasy football site for next year's league.


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