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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.
Comments

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:07 pm
 

Former Penn State coach Joe Paterno dies at 85

All that is left are all the dishonest cheating, lying, scumbag coaches for college football.

Penn St beat them honestly and they found a way to take him out finally.

Geez, toadies, have fun with the SEC inbred bowls for years to come.

College football as it was known prior to the money grabs of the 90's onwards is gone.

Now all you bobbleheads can argue among yourselves who cheated more.


Bye, Joe... it was a great time for college football while it lasted.




Since: Dec 28, 2008
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:07 pm
 

Former Penn State coach Joe Paterno dies at 85

His job was more important than protecting kids.  Hope he is at peace with what he may or may not have know about Sandusky.....



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:06 pm
 

Former Penn State coach Joe Paterno dies at 85

First off, McQueary did tell him Sandusky raped the kid. Secondly, it was one incident, not multiple incidents that were reported to Paterno.



Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:06 pm
 

Former Penn State coach Joe Paterno dies at 85

R.I.P. Joe, a true legend.



Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:05 pm
 

Former Penn State coach Joe Paterno dies at 85

Joe Paterno RIP.  My condolences go out to his family. 



Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:05 pm
 

Former Penn State coach Joe Paterno dies at 85

R.I.P. Joe Pa !


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Since: Nov 28, 2011
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:05 pm
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Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:05 pm
 

Former Penn State coach Joe Paterno dies at 85

I said all along that I wouldn't be surprised if this whole thing killed him. I know he had lung cancer, but he seemed fine before the lid blew off the top of the scandal.  And instead of the right persons being held accountable for what took place for so long. Joe Paterno was the scapegoat and fall guy for it all.

He deserved a much better fate!



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:05 pm
 

Former Penn State coach Joe Paterno dies at 85

He will always be the face of Penn State football, RIP Joe



Since: Dec 25, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:04 pm
 

Former Penn State coach Joe Paterno dies at 85

Like others have said, I hope this satisfies the sick, twisted desires of everyone looking the ruin this mans life. We don't know what happened in '02, I think he has shown us enough integrity throughout his life that we should give him the benefit of the doubt. So for all the people saying he deserved what he got, realize that this man will likely enter heaven before all of us, you included.


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