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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: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2012 1:25 am

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

I wish more people read newspapers.  More accountablity, more fact checking, more editors.  This type of bs "journalism" does not happen.  CBS Sports is good for start em sit em, but I'll coninue to get my news from a more credible source

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Since: Jan 20, 2012
Posted on: January 22, 2012 1:23 am
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Since: Sep 28, 2011
Posted on: January 22, 2012 1:22 am

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

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Posted on: January 22, 2012 12:25 am Score: -50   Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family let me say it this way joe told his bosses did the legal right yes he could have done more but since we all have the ability to play the I WOULDA DID IT THIS WAY GAME and its 100 percent accurate when i say we and i mean every would not know what we would do in that situation at all when u r told or seen something thats tragic your body and mind go in sgock and atleast joe did something but to say he failed morally is so people that are naysayers can argue that they are better people just to make themselves feel and look better. and to that your all wrong but go ahead and pat yourselves on the back and think you are heroes I would hope and pray id do the right thing in difficult situations. but what if what joe did worked when he told his bosses you all would say Joe is a hero for doing the right thing so think about it that way since you haters out there play the woulda could should game.

Coltsfan475 - let me try to respond to your rambling. Nobody is playing, as you so gracefully stated, the "WOULDA DID IT THIS WAY GAME." If you know a child is being raped and you have the ability to make it stop, i don't think it's a stretch to say that you morally should.  I can't speak for everyone, but i'm pretty sure that myself and all the other "naysayers" aren't coming down hard on Joe for not doing what he SHOULD have done to make us look or feel better about ourselves. I'm coming down on him because he simply failed as a human being. How can anyone argue that he didn't. He's Joe F-ing Paterno, he had all the power in the world to help that kid any many others, but he did nothing. He told his boss yes, but he's Joe F-ing Paterno at Penn really think he didn't have the power to end it. He let it happen. No matter how you look at it. And i'm not a "hater," i was a huge Joe Pa fan. I was also a huge O.J fan until he started killing people. I'm not trying to be a "heroe", i don't think being disgusted by a man who allows children to be raped makes me a hero. I think it just makes me a normal human being. And yes, if Joe told his "bosses" and they did their jobs, i would have said he did the right thing. But because his bosses didn't to do anything and Joe himself didn't pursue it, he failed. We're not talking about a parking ticket. He's Joe F-ing Paterno, he should have made sure it was dealt with. I don't know how meatheads like you can clear Joe of all wrong doing just because he reported it and did what he was "supposed" to do. He still went to bed every night with the knowkledge that kids were being raped at HIS SCHOOL. And one last thing coltsfan, if you really need to "pray" that you as a human being would do the right thing in that situation....don't. Just pray and thank god that people like me would.

Since: Jan 10, 2010
Posted on: January 22, 2012 1:20 am

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

this was joe's last year of coaching no matter what. its a shame he couldnt go out on his terms. but love em or hate em, u have to respect the guy. i do not believe joe did anything wrong and he is being used as a skapegoat by his piers. shame on u penn. st trustees, board members, and school president for handling this situation as poorly as u did. it is u that has given this school a black eye and not joe paterno. joe paterno should be remembered as a hero for being the sacraficial lamb and taking the fall for these dark times at penn st.

Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2012 1:18 am

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

facts be damned.  lets try and break a story.  

Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: January 22, 2012 1:07 am

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family


Regarding your third point . . . Schulz was not "Head of University Police Department."  He was Senior VP in Charge of Finance -- essentially an accountant -- who was over the university police force on an organizational chart.  He was NOT an operational overseer of the campus police. So, be a little careful before instructing others on "facts."

That said, I agree that at least some of the approbation directed at Paterno has been less than fair.

Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: January 22, 2012 1:04 am

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

I find if difficult to understand some of the hateful posts I've just read. I do believe that journalism has sunken to the point that it's all about who's first without much regard for accuracy. Dewey Wins! Dewey Wins! all over again. The other day it was Jim Caldwell being retained as head coach by the Colts by the Indianapolis Star.

Since: Jan 12, 2008
Posted on: January 22, 2012 1:00 am

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

Hey republican.....only retards believe in that religious fairytale. Eternal hell.....what retard believes that.

Since: Feb 23, 2009
Posted on: January 22, 2012 12:56 am

Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

Dewey defeats Truman, lol.   What a joke. The "highest of journalistic standards" doesn't seem to be a real high bar anymore.

Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: January 22, 2012 12:48 am

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!


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