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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: Feb 28, 2008
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:12 pm
 

Former Penn State coach Joe Paterno dies at 85

Aside from the Sandusky stuff, there is a very real sadness to this. My guess is Paterno would never have stepped down voluntarily and would have much preferred to die in harness. A very similar thing happened with Paul "Bear" Bryant at Alabama. He retired, and within a very short time was dead.

I hope Paterno will ultimately be remembered as a great coach and a fine man. Old school to the core, I'm sure he never even dreamed it was possible that one of his assistant coaches would molest young boys. His guilt is in his blindness, not any sort of meanness.

Rest in peace, Joe Pa. 



Since: Sep 2, 2011
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:11 pm
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Since: Oct 3, 2011
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:11 pm
 

Former Penn State coach Joe Paterno dies at 85

This is not true.<br />




Since: Nov 3, 2009
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:11 pm
 

Former Penn State coach Joe Paterno dies at 85

His job was more important than protecting kids


You have got to be kidding!



Since: Dec 9, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:11 pm
 

Former Penn State coach Joe Paterno dies at 85

SR1R,

I do believe you'll be the only one with a fast ride to hell. 



Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:11 pm
 

Former Penn State coach Joe Paterno dies at 85

Nothing is more important then PROTECTING KIDS.


SR1R
Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:11 pm
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Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:10 pm
 

Former Penn State coach Joe Paterno dies at 85

Even thoe i wasnt a fan of Penn State you cant forget what he ment to football.R.I.P Joe you will be missed.



Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:10 pm
 

Former Penn State coach Joe Paterno dies at 85

This has nothing to do with football, this is a very flawed man that got so caught up in protecting "Penn State" that he even allowed a boy rapist to run wild on his campus.  Shame on you, Joe Paterno where ever you are.



Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:10 pm
 

Former Penn State coach Joe Paterno dies at 85

My comment was intended to the OSU fan you said that Joe's mom should have had an abortion........I am NOT calling JoPA a dick....


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