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Former Penn State Football Coach Joe Paterno Dies

Multiple news agencies report that the longtime Penn State football coach died Sunday.

Venerable former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno died earlier today, multiple news agencies are reporting.

"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, ABC News reported.

Penn State University released the following statement Sunday morning regarding Paterno's death:

"We grieve for the loss of Joe Paterno, a great man who made us a greater university. His dedication to ensuring his players were successful both on the field and in life is legendary and his commitment to education is unmatched in college football. His life, work and generosity will be remembered always.

"The university plans to honor him for his many contributions and to remember his remarkable life and legacy. We are all deeply saddened."

His death comes months after a  and

Paterno's death had been prematurely reported by some media outlets Saturday night.

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JB January 24, 2012 at 10:45 PM
"borderline immoral"???? Are you serious? You need to evaluate your mental commitment to doing the right thing, Mike. When presented with the facts about a situation in his chain of command, he failed to look into it. HIS COMMAND, Mike. It is not a borderline decision Mike, he was IN CHARGE! You obviously have never come into contact with, or gotten to know, a young man who has been molested... Their lives, if not their potential, has been forever stolen from them. Before you condemn my opinion as ridiculous, I suggest you interview a psychologist who treats these young men.. you will change your tune. Or is that too hard an article to undertake?
Mike Jones January 25, 2012 at 01:57 AM
You are throwing in emotions that have nothing to do with my point. These men obviously will have problems for the rest of their lives. I don't dispute that or what a disgusting act this was. But was it criminal for the Centre County DA to refuse to pursue the case in 1998 even with Jerry Sandusky admit to showering with a young boy? Was it criminal for University police to close the case? Was it criminal for the state welfare worker to not "indicate" him as a potential child molester? You're laying all the blame at the feet of a football coach who thought he was handing the situation properly. He CLEARLY should have done more. But so should have the people who were in authority to investigate and arrest this monster.
JB January 26, 2012 at 02:44 AM
"you are throwing in emotions that have nothing to do with my point" shows EXACTLY that you miss the point: JoePa WAS in charge, and had the ultimate responsibility to follow that report to its prosecution, or dismissal... not look the other way, hoping it was not true, or that it would be forgotten. By failing to take positive, direct control of the situation, he deserves the blame. ALL the blame. So, don't tell me I'm being too harsh... as the parent of a young man who was molested and kept it inside for years, attempting to understand what happened, and why, and resolve it himself, unsuccessfully, I have seen firsthand the irreparable damage done. Joe deserves the blame, not a tearful memorial.
Mike Jones January 26, 2012 at 01:46 PM
JB… The most disturbing part to me is that the mother whose son was molested in 1998 said investigators didn’t believe them at the time. If police had stopped the abuse back then, it never would have landed on Joe Paterno’s desk. I’m not absolving him of wrong-doing, but I don’t think he’s the only one to blame. If you care to read, here’s what I wrote right after all of this happened… http://chartiersvalley.patch.com/articles/penn-state-scandal-shows-lack-of-moral-courage
ED January 26, 2012 at 10:45 PM
The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.--William Shakespeare

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