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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 9:16 pm
 

Report: Former PSU coach Joe Paterno dies at 85

Dude,

I understand you may not be a Penn State fan or a JoePa fan.  I'm a Pitt fan and wasn't a fan of JoePa, but you have to show some respect for the dead.  The man did a lot of good for a lot of people and a university.  It pissed me off that Pitt and PSU don't play anymore, but won't have me saying crap about him. 

You'll have your time to trash him, just show some respect.



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:16 pm
 

Former Penn State coach Joe Paterno dies at 85

I find it very sad that some people still have to jump on the 'bash Joe Paterno' bandwagon...  There was only one person responsible for Sandusky's actions, and that is Jerry Sandusky.  Maybe JoPa should have pursued it further, but so should about a dozen other people involved.  No one posting messages was there, so they have no idea what really happened, what was really said, etc.  Joe was a man with great vaules, work ethic, and a lifetime of teaching young men.  He should be remembered for that- he truly is a legend, and the game will miss him dearly, but not as much as all of the young men that he mentored.  It is unfortunate that his legacy and life ended with this terrible ending, he certainly deserved better.  Somewhere, Jerry Sandusky should be hanging by his balls.  Rest In Peace, JoPa, and know that an army of football fans, players, and people that appreciate leaders will remember you for what you for the great man that you were-



Since: Dec 5, 2010
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:16 pm
 

Former Penn State coach Joe Paterno dies at 85

Some will say Joe Pa deserved to be fired. Others will defend him forever. Let us all understand that NONE OF US are perfect! The villification of a life's work over 1 (albeit a hard to accept if you WERE'NT there!) aledged poor judgement call, to me seems way too much overkill. Joe Paterno was a man, who did so much, for so many, and unselfishly at that. I for one am truly saddened by what has transpired in the last few months of this great mans life. I will pray for him, and his family. I will pray for the university and all those directly impacted by the recent events. I choose to let GOD decide on the right and wrong.





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Since: Nov 28, 2011
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:16 pm
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Since: Jan 21, 2012
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Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:16 pm
 

Former Penn State coach Joe Paterno dies at 85

R.I.P. Joe...You are in a better place now and don't have to deal with all the drama going on down here.




Since: Dec 9, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:15 pm
 

Report: Former PSU coach Joe Paterno dies at 85

"what kind of man protects a school's reputation over kids? Joe Paterno that's who"

What kind of loser bashes the deceased?  Fred Phelps and this loser I guess.

Hell even during my two tours in Iraq I had respect for fallen enemies.  Just because they were the enemy didn't mean they didn't deserve respect.  Just because I didn't agree with their ideology or motivation didn't mean that I didn't make sure that they were treated with the respect that should be afforded to them.

Your a putz, a loser and a seriously sick individual SR1R...



Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:15 pm
 

Former Penn State coach Joe Paterno dies at 85

Regardless of any thoughts about an individual, I see a lot of of people making comments about JoePa after he has passed and all you really have to do is see how they're rated 0 and listed as amateurs and I say is it any wonder. We all have disagreed on many things in here but slam somebody when they die is really a low form of individual. I wouldn't wish this kind of talk on anyone!



Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:15 pm
 

Former Penn State coach Joe Paterno dies at 85

RIP Papa Joe, what a sad day, the university that he loved so much, actually wound up killing him. He did what he felt was right and what a shame to have his name drug in the mud for something he had no part in. He reported it to his supervisors, which should have sufficed. When Penn State fired him, that is when Papa Joe really died. May he find the peace in Heaven, that he could no longer find here on Earth




Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:15 pm
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