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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: Apr 6, 2011
Posted on: January 22, 2012 4:39 am
 

Report: Paterno family weighs stopping ventilator

just heard Joe Paterno dead at 85 ....RIP JOEPA .....WE LOVE YOU !!!!



Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: January 22, 2012 4:14 am
 

Report: Paterno family weighs stopping ventilator

Once he dies- like with anyone- all of a sudden its going to be all compliments from the F'kd up media- like with anyone in the public eye when they die. Who should die in this fk'd up country are all the morons who call themselves journalists- but they're just no talent bloggers who don't know the first thing about journalism.  People in SCAMerica are getting more and more moronic as time goes on.



Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: January 22, 2012 4:10 am
 

Report: Paterno family weighs stopping ventilator

The media fu-cked him over in life-- and now, they're fu-cking him over in death. The media killed him. CBS SPORTS Pulled the final trigger.



Since: Oct 29, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2012 4:05 am
 

Report: Paterno family weighs stopping ventilator

I pray for all you people out there that blame Joe Paterno for the sick acts of Jerry Sandusky. Joe went to the President of the university and the man in charge of security. The police department was even involved, what was Joe supposed to do, become a vigilante and attack Sandusky himself?  I pray for Joe Paterno because he is and always will be a GREAT MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Since: Jul 30, 2009
Posted on: January 22, 2012 4:03 am
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Since: Oct 29, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2012 4:01 am
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Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: January 22, 2012 3:50 am
 

Report: Paterno family weighs stopping ventilator

Really???....I mean REALLY??? C'mon man!



Since: Aug 13, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2012 3:42 am
 

Report: Paterno family weighs stopping ventilator

State Penn is about to be a safer place with one less ped enabler. 



Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: January 22, 2012 3:29 am
 

Report: Paterno family weighs stopping ventilator

I'm guessing he probably got a chuckle about the media screwing up YET AGAIN last evening.  He knew how incompetent the media is and he didn't let them walk all over him.  That's why the media didn't like him.   Well, that, and then it's easier to destroy someone with integrity than it is to live up to the standards they set.  Joe made them all look bad....and he still does even after they destroyed his life.  That's sad, though.  Joe still probably got a kick out of the screwup last night.

GOD BLESS YOU JOE PATERNO.  YOU ARE AND ALWAYS WILL BE....PENNN STATE.  WE LOVE YOU. 

Prayers and best wishes to the Paterno family at this difficult time.  We're here for you all.



Since: Apr 6, 2011
Posted on: January 22, 2012 3:25 am
 

Report: Paterno family weighs stopping ventilator

So Right...This man gave so much to deserve so little from us ....Lets give our blessing to the Paterno family


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