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Bill O'Brien issues statement on Joe Paterno

Posted on: January 22, 2012 11:37 am
Edited on: January 22, 2012 12:25 pm
 

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Following the death of Joe Paterno Sunday morning from lung cancer, Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien issued a statement through the university in which he calls his legendary predecessor "a great man, coach, mentor and, in many cases, a father figure."

The full statement:

"It is with great sadness that I am compelled to deliver this message of condolence and tribute to a great man, husband, father and someone who is more than just a coach, Joe Paterno. First, on behalf of Penn State Football, we offer our sincerest condolences to the Paterno family for their loss. We also offer our condolences to the Penn State community and, in particular, to those who wore the Penn State colors, our Nittany Lion football players and alumni. Today they lost a great man, coach, mentor and, in many cases, a father figure, and we extend our deepest sympathies. The Penn State Football program is one of college football's iconic programs because it was led by an icon in the coaching profession in Joe Paterno. There are no words to express my respect for him as a man and as a coach. To be following in his footsteps at Penn State is an honor. Our families, our football program, our university and all of college football have suffered a great loss, and we will be eternally grateful for Coach Paterno's immeasurable contributions." 
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