Tag: Joe Paterno

Report: Joe Paterno dies at 85. UPDATE, report untrue Updated Paterno has died RIP

Via ESPN, sad news

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Joe Paterno, the longtime Penn State coach who won more games than anyone in major college football but was fired amid a child sex abuse scandal that scarred his reputation for winning with integrity, died Sunday. He was 85.

His family released a statement Sunday morning to announce his death: “His loss leaves a void in our lives that will never be filled.”

“He died as he lived,” the statement said. “He fought hard until the end, stayed positive, thought only of others and constantly reminded everyone of how blessed his life had been. His ambitions were far reaching, but he never believed he had to leave this Happy Valley to achieve them. He was a man devoted to his family, his university, his players and his community.”

Here is what CBS News had up

Joe Paterno, the man who for decades was synonymous with Penn State football and was known by the college football world as just “JoePa”, has died, according to Penn State student website Onward State. Onward State is reporting that the Penn State players were notified of Paterno’s passing via email. 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 is “absolutely not true.”

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.

According to ESPN Paterno is in serious condition

Joe Paterno, Division I’s all-time winningest coach who was fired by Penn State in November, has experienced further complications from treatment from lung cancer and is in serious condition, a family spokesman said in a statement Saturday.

“Over the last few days Joe Paterno has experienced further health complications,” the spokesman said Saturday. “His doctors have now characterized his status as serious. His family will have no comment on the situation and asks that their privacy be respected during this difficult time.”

The outlook is not good it seems, let us hope Joe Pa can rally. Here is what CBS Sports has now

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.


A quote that likely will not help you out in prison……….

From accused child rapist Jerry Sandusky “I shouldn’t have showered with those kids.”

Former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky admitted to showering and horsing around with young boys but said he is not a pedophile in an exclusive interview with Bob Costas for NBC News’ Rock Center airing tonight at 10 pm/9 CT.  

“I say that I am innocent of those charges,” said Sandusky in a phone interview with Costas. 

When asked by Costas, “Are you a pedophile,” Sandusky responded “No.”

Joe Paterno’s one time defensive coordinator was charged earlier this month with 40 counts of sexually abusing eight boys. He is currently free on a $100,000 bond and has denied any wrongdoing. The allegations date back to 1994, according to a grand jury report. A grand jury report detailed claims of alleged sexual encounters with young boys in Sandusky’s home, hotels and Penn State locker rooms.

“I could say that I have done some of those things. I have horsed around with kids I have showered after workouts. I have hugged them and I have touched their legs without intent of sexual contact,” said Sandusky.

When pressed by Costas about what Sandusky was willing to concede that he’d done was wrong, Sandusky said, “I shouldn’t have showered with those kids.”

All I can say is this. If Sandusky is guilty of raping these boys, I can think of no more fitting a punishment than what will happen in those prison showers. You DO know what happens to child molesters in the pen right Jerry?

Say adios Joe

Paterno is no mas, fired by Penn State! Good riddance!

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Penn State trustees fired football coach Joe Paterno and university president Graham Spanier amid the growing furor over how the school handled sex abuse allegations against an assistant coach.

The massive shakeup Wednesday night came hours after Paterno announced that he planned to retire at the end of his 46th season.

But the outcry following the arrest of former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky on molestation charges proved too much for the board to ignore.

One key question has been why Paterno and other top school officials didn’t go to police in 2002 after being told a graduate assistant saw Sandusky assaulting a boy in a school shower.

A Joyous Day For Gator Doug

Meyer’s Gators Suck Slightly Less Than Paterno’s Lions, Win Largely Pointless Outback Bowl – KTXL

It took three field goals, five interceptions, three quarterbacks and a blocked punt, but Florida sent coach Urban Meyer out with a win.

Playing in Meyer’s final game, the Gators beat Penn State 37-24 in the Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday.

The defense and special teams spent much of the game making up for the shortcomings of the offense.

The Gators had three interceptions and blocked a punt that was returned for a touchdown to help out.

Florida (8-5) got field goals from 20, 30 and 47 yards from punter Chas Henry.

The Gators trailed Penn State (7-6) for much of the game until getting a touchdown from Mike Gillislee and a FG from Henry to make it 30-24. They got a late interception return for a touchdown from Ahmad Black to bring the game to its final score.

The game is the last for Meyer, who resigned on Dec. 8.

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