Tag:Sue Paterno
Posted on: January 22, 2012 12:25 pm
Edited on: January 22, 2012 4:43 pm

The Big 12 responds to Paterno's death

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Though Joe Paterno spent his entire coaching career at Penn State, his impact on the world of college football is one that has been felt all over the country. After all, Penn State didn't begin playing in the Big Ten until 1990.

That impact includes the Big 12 conference, where Paterno's presence was felt all over. Former Nebraska head coach and current athletic director Tom Osborne, who spent his coaching career at Nebraska as a member of the Big 8 and Big 12, released a statement about Paterno on Sunday.

"I am saddened to hear the news of Joe Paterno’s passing," said Osborne. "Joe was a genuinely good person. Whenever you recruited or played against Joe you knew how he operated and that he always stood for the right things. Of course, his longevity over time and his impact on college football is remarkable. Anybody who knew Joe feels badly about the circumstances. I suspect the emotional turmoil of the last few weeks might have played into it. We offer our condolences to his family and wish them the very best." 

Current Texas Tech head coach Tommy Tuberville released a statement as well.

"When you think of college football and its tradition, you can't help but picture those dark glasses, black shoes and plain uniforms that were his style and mark on Penn State University," said Tuberville. "I have had the great fortune to coach against Coach Paterno four times during my career and each time I came away from those contests with a greater understanding of the game of football. A true highlight of my career, has been a 30-year relationship with Coach and his wife Sue.

"Like many coaches, I grew up watching and learning from one of the greatest tutors and mentors of the game. I am deeply saddened to learn of his passing and wish to extend my condolences to Sue and the rest of the Paterno family." 

"I've known Coach Paterno since I started coaching," said Texas head coach Mack Brown in a statement. "Sally and I built a great relationship with him and Sue over the last 10 to 15 years, and we shared many great times. I know our lives are better because we had the opportunity to spend time with them. He was a gift to us, and when we heard the sad news today, we both openly wept, not only because college football lost a great man, but we lost a great friend. I appreciate all of the advice, the attention and the time he's given us over the years. We will miss him dearly and will always cherish the wonderful memories. College football will be left with a major void because he has done so much for our game and for Penn State. It's a very sad day, and with his passing, we have lost one of the greatest coaches our game, and all sports, will ever have. He leaves us with great stories, memories and records that may never be broken. There will never be another Joe Paterno. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sue and the family."

Even former President and Texas resident George H.W. Bush knew Paterno, as the Penn State coach was one of the men who seconded Bush's presidential nomination at the 1988 Republican National Convention. 

"I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Joe Paterno," the former president said in a statement released Sunday. "He was an outstanding American who was respected not only on the field of play but in life generally — and he was, without a doubt, a true icon in the world of sports. I was proud that he was a friend of mine. Barbara and I send our condolences to his devoted wife Suzanne and to his wonderful family."

During Paterno's long career as a head coach at Penn State, he faced teams currently in the Big 12 in nine different bowl games -- including four of his first five -- going 7-2. In his tenure as the head coach at Penn State, the ten schools currently in the Big 12 hired 88 new head coaches -- 86 coaches total as Bill Snyder was hired twice at Kansas State, and Don Fambrough was hired twice at Kansas --whether interim or permanent.

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Posted on: January 31, 2011 3:59 pm
Edited on: January 31, 2011 4:01 pm

Nike honors Paternos with gift to PSU libraries

Posted by Chip Patterson

In his 44 seasons as head coach of the Nittany Lions, Joe Paterno has seen significant changes and advancements for academics and athletics at Penn State.  Now thanks to a gift from the people at Nike, Paterno's tradition for encouraging academic success will be honored in the library as well.  To honor Joe Paterno's historic 400th win, Nike has made a $400,000 contribution to the University Libraries.  Officials from the university expressed their gratitude in an official release on Monday.

Barbara I. Dewey, dean of the University Libraries and Scholarly Communications, said, "This gift will help the Libraries keep pace with evolving student needs, by funding parts of the Tombros/McWhirter Knowledge Commons in Pattee and Paterno Libraries, slated for construction late spring 2011." As planned, the Knowledge Commons focuses on undergraduate students and is a collection of innovative and traditional services and repurposed physical spaces that facilitate information discovery, collaborative learning, and knowledge building. "Technology-rich and student-centered, the Knowledge Commons is designed to meet the needs of today's Penn State students, who create work in digital and multimedia formats," said Dewey.
Joe and his wife, Sue, have contributed more than $4 million across his 45-year career in Happy Valley, including aid specifically for the libraries.  One of the libraries is already named for the Paterno family, but it sounds like these efforts will be focused much more on technology-based advancements for undergraduate students.  

Hey, maybe now Paterno will figure out how to use Twitter.  But I'm not holding my breath.   

Posted on: December 28, 2010 10:37 am

JoePa's wife says her husband isn't sick

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Yesterday a couple of Penn State players came forward to say that the rumors about Joe Paterno coaching his last game on New Year's Day in the Outback Bowl against Florida were false.  You would think that as players on the team, they might have an inclination if that were the case.  Of course, there's still somebody who would know better than the players, and that would be the woman who is married to Paterno, his wife Sue.

Well, much like the players, she denies the rumors.  In an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sue Paterno called the rumors "lies" and said that her husband's health "is just fine."  You'd think that would put an end to the speculation right there, but she did leave the window open a bit when she was asked directly whether or not her husband would be back on the Penn State sideline next season.

"We haven't talked about it," said Sue Paterno.

Her daughter, Mary Kay Hort, was then quick to add that the Outback Bowl is not Paterno's "planned last game."  Which is evident by the fact that back in November Paterno said he'd be coming back to coach in 2011 and finish out the final year of his contract. The possibility still remains that the school may ask Paterno to step down, and Sue Paterno did say that her husband is yet to talk to anyone at the school about returning next season.

Which just means that while everyone who would know can deny that Paterno is coaching his final game next week, the rumor will persist.
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