Remembering Joe Paterno

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Paterno vigil set for Tuesday night

A group plans on holding a candlelight vigil in honor of Joe Paterno's death.


Joe Paterno's Death Means Testimony Can't Be Used In Perjury Cases

The passing of former Penn St. Nittany Lions football coach Joe Paterno is expected to have no impact on the cases against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, who's accused of raping multiple young boys over the period of about a decade. But according to a New York Times report, the seven-minute testimony Paterno recorded and his testimony for the Sandusky grand jury can't be used in future proceedings against former admins Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, who've been charged with perjury:

"Now that Paterno is deceased, this charge will have to stand only on the report by McQueary," said Geoff Moulton, a former federal prosecutor and an associate professor at Widener School of Law. "With respect to Victim 2 and the charges against Curley and Schultz, McQueary's testimony, which has always been critical, is even more so."

This damages the cases against Curley and Schultz, which now have to rely largely on the story of former graduate assistant Mike McQueary, whose story may have changed slightly over time. Plenty of other evidence should still be on the way against Sandusky, however, including expected testimony from multiple alleged victims.

Paterno had testified that he knew Sandusky had been accused of "inappropriate action."

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Bury A Man, Keep The Statue

Joe Paterno the football coach may be gone, but Joe Paterno the institution remains. His passing leaves us with memories and questions too complicated to be summed up for quite a while.


Joe Paterno's Death Leaves LaVar Arrington And Others With Lots Left To Say

As former Penn State Nittany Lions like LaVar Arrington deal with Joe Paterno's death, others are considering his legacy. The answer depends on whether you truly knew JoePa, or just what you were told.


Joe Paterno Dies At 85 After Fight With Lung Cancer

Joe Paterno died Sunday morning due to complications from a two-month fight with lung cancer, his family confirmed in a statement to the Associated Press. The former Penn State football coach, who won more games than anyone else in major college football history, was 85 years old. The full text of his family's statement appears below:

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.

He died as he lived. 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.

He has been many things in his life - a soldier, scholar, mentor, coach, friend and father. To my mother he was and is her soul mate, and the last several weeks have shown the strength of their love. To his children and grandchildren he is a shining example of how to live a good, decent and honest life, a standard to which we aspire.

When he decided to forego a career in law and make coaching his vocation, his father Angelo had but one command: Make an impact.

As the last 61 years have shown, Joe made an incredible impact. That impact has been felt and appreciated by our family in the form of thousands of letters and well wishes along with countless acts of kindness from people whose lives he touched. It is evident also in the thousands of successful student athletes who have gone on to multiply that impact as they spread out across the country.

And so he leaves us with a peaceful mind, comforted by his "living legacy" of five kids, 17 grandchildren, and hundreds of young men whose lives he changed in more ways than can begin to be counted.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family requests that donations be made to the Special Olympics of Pennsylvania or the Penn State-THON, The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon.

Paterno, fired by the university's Board of Trustees in November 2011 at the height of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, was in declining health after being removed from his duties. His son, Scott, made Paterno's lung cancer public in November, and Paterno fell and fractured his pelvis in December. He had been in and out of a hospital near his State College home, receiving treatment for cancer and other illness, but was reportedly taken off a respirator early on Saturday.

Paterno was Penn State's head coach for 46 years, and coached football at the school from 1950 until 2011. His final win came in his penultimate game as Penn State's head coach, with the Nittany Lions defeating Illinois in October, and gave Paterno the Division I-A/FBS record for most wins by a head coach, passing Grambling's Eddie Robinson.

Paterno is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, the former Susan Pohland, five children, and 17 grandchildren.

Andy Hutchins contributed to this report.

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Joe Paterno Has Not Passed Away, Family Spokesman Says

A spokesman for the family of Joe Paterno is denying the former Penn State coach has passed away on Saturday afternoon. Following numerous reports indicating Paterno had passed away, the spokesman released a statement categorically denying the rumors.

The report comes from Mark Viera, who passes along the spokesman's quick statement.

Paterno was in serious condition on Saturday after his health began to decline rapidly. He's been hospitalized since Jan. 13 while dealing with complications from lung cancer. On Saturday morning, multiple reports indicated Paterno was taken off a respirator, with family and friends summoned to his bedside.

There were also reports that Penn State players were sent an email informing them of Paterno's passing. McGinn denied those as well.

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PHOTOS: Joe Paterno Statue, Beaver Stadium Become Gathering Points

From the photos trickling out, the scene in and around State College is interesting on Saturday night, as Penn State students and fans begin to digest the news that Joe Paterno's health is declining rapidly. A spokesman confirmed Paterno was in serious condition and experiencing health complications, with other reports indicating the former Penn State coach is gravely ill.

Hours ago, all was quiet near the statue. Now, the crowd is increasing in size, with some students digging the statue out from under the snow.





The scene at Beaver Stadium was incredibly eerie, as well, with a Penn State football video playing silently on the Jumbotron.

There's been no further updates on Paterno's health since the spokesman's initial statement confirming his condition earlier on Saturday.

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Joe Paterno Experiencing Health Complications, In Critical Condition

The swirling rumors regarding Joe Paterno's health that began to emerge on Saturday are at least somewhat true, a family spokesman confirmed. Paterno is experiencing what the spokesman called "health complications," though no further details were given.

The report comes from ABC News, but stops short of addressing earlier rumors that Paterno was taken off a respirator.'s coverage of Paterno's declining health

Michael Sisak, a staff writer for the Citizen's Voice in Wilkes-Barre, adds that family and friends have been summoned to Paterno's bedside, as well. Sisak's report meshes with earlier reports indicating Paterno's family has been traveling to the hospital throughout the day on Saturday.

Paterno's doctors have also confirmed the former Penn State coach is in serious condition. Paterno has been battling lung cancer and undergoing difficult radiation treatments over the past few months, beginning after he was relieved of his duties as the Nittany Lions' head football coach.

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Joe Paterno's Health In Decline, Former Penn State Coach Reportedly Taken Off Respirator

Former Penn State head coach Joe Paterno's battle with lung cancer reportedly took a turn for the worse on Saturday as his health continued to fail him. Rumors have picked up significantly as the day has worn on, culminating in a report detailing his grave condition this afternoon.

According to Onward State, Paterno was taken off a respirator early on Saturday morning.

*The link in the tweet is down at the moment due to a high volume of traffic inundating the Onward State servers.

In a post on Blue-White Illustrated, Tom McAndrew also confirmed Paterno's health is failing, giving the impression he could pass away at any moment.

This is pretty difficult, because the Paterno family needs to handle things on their own terms, and to announce things when they wish to do so.

The rumors about JoePa being in bad shape (beyond just having lung cancer) are, unfortunately, accurate. His extended family has been summoned to be with him.

Paterno has been undergoing cancer treatment with regularity since being terminated by the Penn State Board of Trustees in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Over the past few months, he's been in-and-out of the hospital, with his latest stint beginning shortly after he conducted his first interview, with Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post, since the scandal. Paterno was suffering from exhaustion, and Jenkins noted the former Penn State coach appeared frail and weak, often speaking in hushed tones.

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