Fired Penn State coach Joe Paterno dead at 85

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Joe Paterno, who racked up more wins than anyone else in major college football but was fired from Penn State amid a child sex abuse scandal has died. He was 85.

His family released a statement Sunday morning to announce his death.

Paterno's son Scott announced Nov. 18 that his father was being treated for lung cancer, which was diagnosed in mid-November during a follow-up visit for a bronchial illness.

The storied career of "JoePa" included 409 wins in 46 seasons and two national championships.

But his reputation for success with honor was shattered when a former assistant was charged with molesting 10 boys during a 15-year span, including some in the Penn State athletic complex.

Critics said Paterno should have done more to stop it. He was fired Nov. 9.

In all, Paterno guided five teams to unbeaten, untied seasons.

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  • by Dave Location: Rockford on Jan 23, 2012 at 06:17 AM
    Joe Paternos legacy is that he knowingly let a monster pedophile walk the halls of Penn State for 2 decades to prey upon children. Bring ice water Joe its hot where your going.
  • by chisel on Jan 23, 2012 at 01:50 AM
    I don't care. Nothing against his family because I am sure they do. None issue for me especially since i think it was dispicable on how he handled the sex allegations.
  • by Scooter on Jan 22, 2012 at 06:41 PM
    Nice title. So much for respecting a man who is just human and fails as we all do. AP couldn't have just headlined it as Former Penn State coach...? WIFR there were much better stories than AP.
  • by Mike Location: rockford on Jan 22, 2012 at 04:28 PM
    Damn, got off easy.
  • by Linda Location: Rockford on Jan 22, 2012 at 01:23 PM
    What a shame he ended his career on such a low and sad note, he was a great coach. Maybe it should remind us all that we need to do the right thing at the right time, we rarely get chances for do-overs. RIP.
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