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Joe Paterno dead at 85

Published: Sun, January 22, 2012 @ 10:24 a.m.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Joe Paterno, who racked up more wins than anyone else in major college football but was fired from Penn State amid a child sex abuse scandal has died. He was 85.

His family released a statement Sunday morning to announce his death.

Paterno's son Scott announced Nov. 18 that his father was being treated for lung cancer, which was diagnosed in mid-November during a follow-up visit for a bronchial illness.

The storied career of "JoePa" included 409 wins in 46 seasons and two national championships.

But his reputation for success with honor was shattered when a former assistant was charged with molesting 10 boys during a 15-year span, including some in the Penn State athletic complex.

Critics said Paterno should have done more to stop it. He was fired Nov. 9.

In all, Paterno guided five teams to unbeaten, untied seasons.


1sanpac2003(14 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Terrible loss in history. God bless the family.

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2samIam(213 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

They need to behead the people that fired him two months before his death

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3gdog4766(1495 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

God Rest His Soul and confort to his family. A sad ending for such a man. Samlam is wrong, children come before anything and Joe was the main man who could have come to their aid and stopped the horror. I am a giant fan of JoePa.

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4Attis(879 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

The clinical cause of death may have been lung cancer, but the spiritual one was a broken heart. Sandusky should now be charged with involuntary manslaughter, if not homicide, along with mass child rape.

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5Silence_Dogood(1341 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

A VERY sad ending to one of the best life stories that I have ever had the pleasure to witness. With all of the glory that was thrown this man's way, he always led a simple life.May God bless you, and the road rise to meet you, Papa Joe.

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6ailierdroit(106 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Put a sock in it, Jessiedavid! Don't put Paterno and Sandusky in the same boat. Paterno's positive affect on thousands well overshadows ONE error in judgement that he was not directly or personally responsible for. His family should grieve privately if they wish and we should celebrate his life. More guilt on the children? Whatever you say, critic; keep speculating. This isn't about Sandusky.

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7mrhappy(23 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

we may not know what his role in the rape of those children was but god does. he will be judged now without lawyers and subterfuge to hide behind.

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8UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Papa Joe did bad and will ever be remembered for not speaking out more forcefully when he knew Sandusky was sexually damaging the kids lives. You got to wonder how many more skeletons are in his closet.

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9samIam(213 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Joe Paterno was guilty of only one thing,he got old and modern society elitists expected him to keep up with phony Judea Christian ethics. Remember all, when Joe was growing up 12 year brides were normal and accepted. He actions of informing the school president were exactly the right thing to do. He was a football coach not a sex counselor. He was an easy scapegoat ,he was old and weak. He was raised in a world where neighbors kept to themselves something that should be returned to now.Really have we not already accepted other perverse sexual choices that were once considered mental diseases? Watch Ellen,Rosie,Glee shove it down our throats
The nation wanted blood for babies,they got it. Gee,makes one wonder just what else can be criminalized so we can "feel" good about our sick selves.

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