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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.


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1sanpac2003(14 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Terrible loss in history. God bless the family.

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2Attis(903 comments)posted 2 years, 9 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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3redeye1(4564 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Rest in Peace Joe Pa You will be missed, Thank you for all you have done to make the world better.place.

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4Silence_Dogood(1356 comments)posted 2 years, 9 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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5ailierdroit(106 comments)posted 2 years, 9 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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6mrhappy(23 comments)posted 2 years, 9 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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7UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 2 years, 9 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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