Coaching Legend Joe Paterno, Dead at 85

Editor’s note: If there ever was a person where the saying “the rumors of my death were greatly exaggerated” is applicable, it is with legendary Penn State football coach, Joe Paterno.  Rumors began about his passing yesterday and were confirmed around 10.30 am EST this morning.  This from ABC News:

Joe Paterno Jr., whose glittering career as Penn State’s football coach was tainted by a child sex-abuse scandal, died today. He was 85.

“It is with great sadness that we announce that Joe Paterno passed away earlier today. His loss leaves a void in our lives that will never be filled,” Paterno’s family said in a statement.

Paterno coached the Nittany Lions for 46 years and in 2011 became the winningest coach in Division 1 football. But before the season was over, he was abruptly dismissed as the sex scandal involving former assistant Jerry Sandusky suggested that top school officials had ignored signs of Sandusky’s alleged predatory behavior.

Shortly after his dismissal, Paterno was diagnosed with lung cancer and broke his hip.

In a recent interview with the Washington Post, he appeared frail, wearing a wig and speaking in a whisper. He canceled public appearances after the interview because of…(read more)

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