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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): CBSSports.com issued an apology and correction for publishing an unsubstantiated report that former Penn State coach Joe Paterno had died.

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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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Penn State
student website Onward State has reported that Penn State players were notified of longtime head coach Joe Paterno's passing via email, and CBSSports.com 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.
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Posted on: March 29, 2012 10:53 pm
 

Report: Paterno family weighs stopping ventilator


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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 23, 2012 10:14 am
 

Report: Paterno family weighs stopping ventilator

 He did what every educator is told to do; tell a superior administrator and they should take action.  Regardless, this  coach and educator spent his last two months feeling that he had failed.  I hope Jerry Sandusky and the Penn State administrators can sleep at night.  Actually, I hope they don't.

Telling a superior is just the first step, there is much more to something like this then just telling a superior.   If you tell your superior and that person still allows an alleged sexual predator on campus then you go to the authorities next, end of story.  These are children we are talking about man, not animals.  There seemed to be more outrage from some people on these boards when Michael Vick was killing dogs then outrage for Paterno who basically turned the other cheek and pretended to do all he could when in reality that wasn't even close to being true.

And go ahead, you keep telling yourself that Paterno was just your regulator "educator" or coach, if you actually believe that I don't know what to say to you.   Joe Paterno was a lot more then just an educator, he was the leader of that school and that community put on a pedestal by people all over the U.S.  He was looked up to by 10's of thousands of people and had more power then any school administrator will ever have at Penn State.   His job would have NEVER been in jeopardy if he would have blown this thing up before it got stupid.  If anything his bosses would have all lost their jobs and Paterno would or could have taken their jobs.  Don't kid yourself, Paterno had more power then any coach in NCAA history has ever had.....  but he basically did nothing.  This was his chance to use his influence and power to do the right thing, instead he basically just whispered what he heard into an administrators's ear and called it a day.  And because of that many more children's lives were destroyed from that day on.....



 



Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: January 23, 2012 10:14 am
 

Report: Paterno family weighs stopping ventilator

Totally agree with your post vana39.  Joe Paterno did NOT see this alleged abuse first hand with his own eyes. It was reported to him. He reported it to his boss. That's the same thing that I would do if I were in his shoes ( I work in a High School) an dif something like this was brought to my attention I would report it to my Supervisor.  And I'm not buying the fact that nobody on the Board of (Un)Trustee's didn't know what was going on.  Every single one of them should resign immeadiately!  They wanted Joe Pa to step down about 4 years ago, why not if Joe Pa was fired in November for this not be fired back then?  The trustees just used Joe Paterno as the fall guy to protect their own butts, plain and simple!


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Since: Jan 17, 2012
Posted on: January 23, 2012 9:20 am
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Since: Jan 23, 2012
Posted on: January 23, 2012 7:43 am
 

Report: Paterno family weighs stopping ventilator

In any educational setting, it is incumbent upon the educator/coach to report what they have seen or heard.  In this case, it has only been reported that Joe Paterno HEARD that Sandusky had inappropriate conduct with a child.  Paterno reported THAT, as he should have.  If he had SEEN it happen and the administration didn't do anything about it, then he should have reported it to the public authorities.  Sandusky allegedly raped those boys, which is horrible, but let us not condemn Joe Paterno for that.  He was a good man who changed many lives for the better.  He is not responsible for other peoples' actions and I really believe if he had any proof, authorities would have been notified.  I just find it sad that someone so committed to his university, his players and their education and devlopment as athletes, was villified the last couple of months of his life.  I hope he died knowing that more people than not appreciated all that he did.  And sleep well, Jerry Sandusky, or NOT.



Since: Jan 23, 2012
Posted on: January 23, 2012 7:31 am
 

Report: Paterno family weighs stopping ventilator

If Joe Paterno actually saw Sandusky's abuse of children and his superiors did nothing about after he reported it, then he should have reported it to public authorities.  That does not seem to be the case.  He did what every educator is told to do; tell a superior administrator and they should take action.  Regardless, this great coach and educator spent his last two months feeling that he had failed.  I hope Jerry Sandusky and the Penn State administrators can sleep at night.  Actually, I hope they don't.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 22, 2012 6:21 pm
 

Report: Paterno family weighs stopping ventilator

He doesnt have to  with this bad world anymore!  Poor guy was blamed before they did a full investigation.  I will always root against Penn St for how they treated him...

What are you talking about man?  Joe Paterno ADMITTED that he was told what happened and the only thing he did was report it to his superiors.  He admittedly let that guy stick around on and off for years later and Paterno ADMITS HE SHOULD HAVE DONE MORE !!!

I hope your kid ( if you ever have one) is never molested and I pray if that was to ever happen to you somebody that knows what happened doesn't stay quiet and let the molester continue molesting child after child for years to come.

What did you want Penn State to do?  Let Joe stay??

give me a break man. 



Since: Feb 16, 2009
Posted on: January 22, 2012 5:03 pm
 

Report: Paterno family weighs stopping ventilator

He doesnt have to deal with this bad world anymore!  Poor guy was blamed before they did a full investigation.  I will always root against Penn St for how they treated him...



Since: Apr 12, 2011
Posted on: January 22, 2012 2:55 pm
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