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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): issued an apology and correction for publishing an unsubstantiated report that former Penn State coach Joe Paterno had died.


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 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.

Since: Apr 6, 2011
Posted on: January 22, 2012 2:27 am

Report: Paterno family weighs stopping ventilator

screw CBS guys lets make this about Joe Paterno and his legacy ....Does anyone have some Paterno stories or experiences

Since: Aug 20, 2011
Posted on: January 22, 2012 2:27 am

Report: Paterno family weighs stopping ventilator

Looks like joepa is finding out the hard way that karma is a B###h

Since: Nov 4, 2011
Posted on: January 22, 2012 2:26 am

Report: Paterno family weighs stopping ventilator

All of these posts about poor journalism are dead on concerning fact checking, but I do understand...

In central Pennsylvania it was actually reported on television that Joe Paterno had died.

The reports of his demise were certainly exaggerated but CBS Sports was not alone in reporting this information.

I have found that people posting on this site are so much superior to other human beings because any fault found in the general population and the people covered on this site are not faults that the posters possess.  The people who post on this site are without fault.

I wish that I were without fault.  I also wish that I did not have to defend a man who has done so much good in his life from the vicious people who feel like they have to disparage, accuse, and judge such an honest and good man.

Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: January 22, 2012 2:11 am

Report: Paterno family weighs stopping ventilator

Yeah. And with the benefit of hindsight, YOU could have prevented 9/11. Why'd you slip?

Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: January 22, 2012 2:07 am

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

The only thing more despicable about your erroneous report on Joe Paterno's death is your excuse, which basically says "well, the student newspaper reported it first, so...." Hello?! What about INDEPENDENT FACT-CHECKING and VERIFICATION??

Pathetic, CBS Sports.

Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: January 22, 2012 2:07 am
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Since: Sep 28, 2011
Posted on: January 22, 2012 1:42 am

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

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Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

Yo, soxfan519, Where do you get off saying Joe is 100% at fault? The man was the damn football coach! He wasn't a professor, secretary, librarian or any other ON CAMPUS EVERYDAY position! Football coach--show up for practice, coach the game, give an interview every so often. On campus-maybe 3 hours a week? That makes him the scapegoat?

Why can't Mike McQueasy give the same answer everytime? "Yes I saw it, well, no I heard it, maybe that was happening" He isn't crediable either. Paterno fired Sandusky and banned him from the locker room way back when. The BIG GUYS allowed him access to the facilities by creating a teaching position for him. Why aren't Second Mile folks being drug through the mud? They must have known as well. Oh and how about the parents who allowed their child to go with Sandusky, shouldn't they have some responsibility in this as well? 
Think on that!


Yo, saludap214.....that man was on that campus more than a chair in a lecture hall. "show up for practice, coach the game, give an interview every so often...on campus-maybe 3 hours a week? That makes him the scapegoat?" Wow, wow, wow....that maybe the dumbest thing ever posted. Do you even know who Joe Paterno is or were you so bored that you decided to chime in on a message board you have no intelligent comments on, fumble with your own thoughts for a couple sentences, then copy other peoples arguments in the second part just to kill time. I really can't get over the first 3 lines of your post.....i honestly feel dumber haven read it. You should be embarrased. He stood by and allowed children to be raped. That is what makes him a scapegoat.


Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2012 1:40 am

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

Journalist pigs....

Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: January 22, 2012 1:35 am
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Since: Dec 16, 2007
Posted on: January 22, 2012 1:32 am

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

So many of you miss the point of this article. It concerns some very very poor journalism. If you want to give your opinion of the whole PSU scandal mess, there are numerous other stories to link to and leave your comments. 
   A CBS TV affiliate in my town reported Paterno was dead at 9:00 Saturday night. Imagine my confusion hours later when watching ESPN to see them reporting that Paterno was seriously ill. This confusion because of a college reporter's statement? I have seen reporters on this same CBS TV afffiliate look down at there cell phone during live broadcasts and immediately report stories that they stated that they just read off TWITTER like it was the truth.
   What the heck happened to who, what, when, where, and how as basics of journalism before filing a report??!! I have wondered for a long time if some reporters use the good old "reliable source' to hide behind when they just plain lie to make it look like they have some sort of breaking news. Dear CBS, if you have moved below ESPN as far as reliable reporting, Believe me you have alot of looking in the mirror to do. Along with alot of firing to do!
      I haved used CBSSportsline for many years but the next time I need a good laugh is when I will read stories at your bush league site.

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