Skip to content

Reports: Paterno ‘gravely ill'; family summoned to State College

Joe Paterno AP

Diagnosed with what was described as a treatable form of lung cancer shortly after his firing Nov. 9, the reports since have indicated former Penn State head coach Joe Paterno had been making progress in his battle against the disease.

Sadly, reports coming out of State College Saturday paint a different and decidedly grim picture of the 85-year-old’s health.

BlueWhiteIllustrated.com, the Rivals.com website dedicated to cover Penn State sports, reports that Paterno is in bad shape and extended family has been called to State College due to his declining health.  OnwardState.com tweeted earlier in the evening Paterno was taken off a respirator this morning.

According to a tweet from The Citizen’s Voice of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Paterno is “gravely ill” and “near death” also confirming BWI‘s report that family and close friends have been summoned to the hospital to say their final goodbyes.  A subsequent report on the website, citing a staff member at the hospital in which the coach is being treated, states that Paterno’s wife Sue called in family and friends after her husband said he wanted to say a final goodbye.

Shortly after the initial rumors surfaced, a family spokesperson issued a statement that only confirmed Paterno is in serious condition.

“Over the last few days Joe Paterno has experienced further health complications,” spokesman Dan McGinn said in a brief statement Saturday to the Associated Press. “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.”

Paterno gave his first interview since his dismissal on Jan. 12-13, speaking to the Washington Post on the Jerry Sandusky scandal as well as touching briefly on his health.  On the same day the interview was completed, Paterno was admitted to the hospital due to complications from his chemo treatment.

Jay Paterno, the coach’s son and former PSU quarterbacks coach, abruptly cancelled a scheduled appearance this evening roughly an hour before it was expected to start.  The younger Paterno reportedly cited an ill wife as the reason for the cancellation.

Ron Musselman of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that State College police have put barricades around the area where Paterno’s home is located.  While the police are barring vehicle traffic from the area — OnwardState.com has posted a picture on its Twitter page — pedestrians are still able to access Paterno’s neighborhood.

Additionally, students are beginning to gather around the Paterno statue located just outside of Beaver Stadium.  Sara Ganim of the Patriot-News posted a picture to her Twitter account of the scene around the statue earlier this evening, which can be seen at the right. The crowd around the statue is reportedly growing by the minute as students await word on on update to Paterno’s condition.

Permalink 82 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Big Ten Conference, Penn State Nittany Lions, Rumor Mill, Top Posts
82 Responses to “Reports: Paterno ‘gravely ill'; family summoned to State College”
  1. overratedgators says: Jan 21, 2012 6:34 PM

    Tragic how his final months were marred by the events of last fall. Hope his family finds some peace. He screwed up, but he’s still a legend and will be missed by many.

  2. bostonbias says: Jan 21, 2012 6:36 PM

    I personally blame people who wished for his death. I wonder how those people sleep at night.

  3. jckid21 says: Jan 21, 2012 6:37 PM

    His inaction towards Sandusky and his protecting “the brand” at all costs is not forgivable. If he is near the end hopefully we can find it in our hearts and brains to show the compassion that he was unable to show in 1998 and 2002.

  4. turillos says: Jan 21, 2012 6:37 PM

    God bless Joe and his family.

  5. ballsooharduniversity says: Jan 21, 2012 6:37 PM

    Great person and football coach JoePa.. Fight through it coach!

  6. bostonbias says: Jan 21, 2012 6:39 PM

    Those who celebrate in the demise of others are the true devils.

  7. lrg51 says: Jan 21, 2012 6:44 PM

    God bless Joe and his family. This man has done so much good and given so much of his life to his athletes and the university.

    I am honored to know the man.

  8. wvucolumbus says: Jan 21, 2012 6:44 PM

    As a die hard WVU fan (who endured many Penn St punishments in the Eastern 8 days), this is truly tragic. God bless he and his family!

  9. donttazemebro says: Jan 21, 2012 6:44 PM

    I’m sad to hear this because the PSU is what ultimately killed him.His life was basically taken away and the once beloved icon will pass away as a villain in the eyes of many.We will never know the whole truth about exactly what Joe Pa knew.I feel for his family as well as Penn Staters through out the world.My wife being one of them.

  10. marzxyz says: Jan 21, 2012 6:45 PM

    There is a lesson here for everyone: never underestimate the insidious effects of stress on your own physical and mental well being.

  11. donttazemebro says: Jan 21, 2012 6:45 PM

    ^^^the PSU scandal

  12. thefiesty1 says: Jan 21, 2012 6:49 PM

    Too bad he didn’t retire 10 years ago and perhaps avoided the blight on his career these past few months. Sad situation all the way around.

  13. lrg51 says: Jan 21, 2012 6:50 PM

    Try to avoid showing your ass…

  14. Deb says: Jan 21, 2012 6:51 PM

    I hate the way Paterno handled the situation, but believe he was negligent rather than malicious. How sad for a great career to end as it did and for he and his family to go through this ordeal while dealing with these other issues. The ultimate responsibility for what those children endured and all the related suffering lies with Jerry Sandusky. He deserves the worst punishment the law can dole out.

  15. villagementality says: Jan 21, 2012 6:52 PM

    He did act; he didn’t do enough. I don’t think we will ever get a straight answer regarding what Paterno was told and whether the info received correlated with the intensity of the response or lack thereof….

    The Entire BOT should be removed for their reprehensible treatment of Paterno –

    That man lost the will to live based upon a shame that wasn’t exclusively his to bear. SO MANY are to blame…

    All very sad…. Paterno deserves to be remembered for the overwhelming good he contributed not just the sin of inaction. IMHO…..

  16. dominator71030 says: Jan 21, 2012 6:53 PM

    jckid21 says:Jan 21, 2012 6:37 PM

    His inaction towards Sandusky and his protecting “the brand” at all costs is not forgivable. If he is near the end hopefully we can find it in our hearts and brains to show the compassion that he was unable to show in 1998 and 2002.

    Dont disrespect a 85-year-old guy on his deathbed. He probably did nothing wrong.

  17. lrg51 says: Jan 21, 2012 6:59 PM

    I will remember Joe for ALL the good he has contributed to his athletes, the university and college football.

    My mother is 85 and like many of you, I know octogenarians.

    The things that folks said about Joe are perhaps understandable… but they don’t know Joe. And they pretty much don’t know sh*t.

    Let the trial begin and lock up Jerry. Joe’s legend and the truth will be… well… legendary!

  18. bozorocks says: Jan 21, 2012 7:02 PM

    Joe will forever be in the hearts and minds of his friends and family. I will not let one mistake over shadow all of the good this man has done. Everyone screws up at least one time in thier life. Anyone who claims other wise is a fool or liar… or both ! get well Joe !

  19. gershonpsu says: Jan 21, 2012 7:04 PM

    Maybe God needs a new Head Coach.

    There will never be a better one.

  20. hdmoyer says: Jan 21, 2012 7:07 PM

    I hope he pulls through. I always took pride in cheering for a team that I felt did things the right way…no name jerseys, putting team first, not running their mouths about other teams, even the short hair cuts.
    This was Joe Paterno’s doing.
    Scandal aside the man dedicated his life to college football and his university.
    My prayers go out to you tonight Joe. If you do not make it through the night may you rest in piece and know many will have saddened hearts.

  21. crillbill says: Jan 21, 2012 7:10 PM

    Karma

  22. honkerdawg says: Jan 21, 2012 7:12 PM

    Joe Pa is still the greatest. His acts of charity should what he’s remembered for not something he couldn’t control but was ultimately blamed for. The PSU BOT should be ashamed of themselves. God bless Joe and his family.

  23. chiefagc5675 says: Jan 21, 2012 7:15 PM

    crillbill
    You need some karma. Paterno did what he was supposed to do. You dumbasses bitching because he didn’t arrest Sandusky are nitwits. The police and the prosecutor did not charge Sandusky- that took it out of Paterno’s hands. Don’t any of you people still blaming Paterno read?

  24. wegonnadoitbaby says: Jan 21, 2012 7:16 PM

    Prayers for Joe and his family. Time and history will put his legacy in the proper perspective. His death is a sorrowful event for many.

  25. stoog2454 says: Jan 21, 2012 7:18 PM

    There are people in the world who, when something they love is taken away from them, they basically cease to find anything to live for and die. I think this is one of those instances.

    I hope that Paterno finds peace in these final moments of his life after what he has gone through the past 6 months. No matter how angry some people are over the Sandusky scandal, it is undeniable the impact Paterno has had on many, many people’s lives.

  26. dutchman1350 says: Jan 21, 2012 7:19 PM

    The greatest coach in college football history, and human.

  27. dhlions says: Jan 21, 2012 7:21 PM

    Do not go gentle into that good night.
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    Thoughts go out to the Paterno family.

  28. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 21, 2012 7:25 PM

    dutchman1350 says:
    Jan 21, 2012 7:19 PM
    The greatest coach in college football history, and human.

    ***************************************

    You need some professional help.

  29. Revolution22 says: Jan 21, 2012 7:27 PM

    “jckid21 says:Jan 21, 2012 6:37 PM

    His inaction towards Sandusky and his protecting “the brand” at all costs is not forgivable”

    Had no idea he was affiliated with the Aryan Brotherhood. You must be privy to information that I am not.

    Seriously, pick your words a bit better.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the Paternos at a very rough patch in all their lives.

  30. chiefagc5675 says: Jan 21, 2012 7:37 PM

    Same thing happened to Bear Bryant- he died shortly after retiring- he had no other life- that’s why Paterno and Bowden stuck around so long- neither of them had anything other than football either.

  31. gcg1956 says: Jan 21, 2012 7:38 PM

    O most merciful Jesus,

    Lover of souls, I beseech Thee, by the agony of Thy most Sacred Heart, and by the sorrows of Thine Immaculate Mother, wash clean in the Thy Blood the sinners of the whole world who are to die this day.

    Remember most especially the soul Joe Paterno who I spiritually adopt with the intention of entrusting him to Thy Shepherd’s care: I beseech Thee for the grace to move this sinner, who is in danger of going to Hell, to repent. I ask this because of my trust in Thy great mercy.

    If it should please Thy Majesty to send me a suffering this day in exchange for the grace I ask for this soul, then, it, too, shall please me very much, and I thank Thee, Most Sweet Jesus,
    Shepherd and Lover of Souls; I thank Thee for this opportunity to give mercy in thanksgiving for all the mercies Thou hast shown me.

    Amen.

    Heart of Jesus, once in agony, have mercy on the dying.

  32. mmmpierogi says: Jan 21, 2012 7:39 PM

    jckid21 says: Jan 21, 2012 6:37 PM

    His inaction towards Sandusky and his protecting “the brand” at all costs is not forgivable.

    *********************************************************

    Not to burst your bubble, but I have serious reservations with the idea that Paterno’s going to be spending his last days agonizing over the fact that jckid21 on CFT won’t forgive him. Assuming he news on his health status is at all accurate, perhaps you should suspend your almighty judgment for a moment to realize that the guy has family and friends (that, coincidentally, had nothing whatsoever to do with the Sandusky tragedy) that are going to be in mourning. Perhaps you’d rather pass judgment on them, as well?

  33. jckid21 says: Jan 21, 2012 7:50 PM

    I feels my words were on point. It is awful to read that he is on his death bed. I wish that on no man or woman, but I cannot sit here for one second and dismiss how his lack of action destroyed the lives of helpless children. It will be a part of his legacy as much as the championships, donations and good he did at PSU.

    Some of the posts on here make me cringe,

    “dutchman1350 says:
    Jan 21, 2012 7:19 PM
    The greatest coach in college football history, and human.”

    “honkerdawg says:
    Jan 21, 2012 7:12 PM
    Joe Pa is still the greatest. His acts of charity should what he’s remembered for not something he couldn’t control but was ultimately blamed for. The PSU BOT should be ashamed of themselves. God bless Joe and his family.”

    I am sorry if you don’t like my words, but it is the truth. He was the most powerful man on campus and had the power to stop this and he did the bare minimum. Those are the facts like them or not.

    It’s sad that this is what the last days of his life has become, but unfortunately JoePa could have controlled this outcome by doing the right thing in 1998 and 2002.

    I hope he recovers and I will pray for him and his family regardless of how I feel about Joe Paterno the person.

     

  34. turillos says: Jan 21, 2012 7:58 PM

    jckid21, there have been and will be times to criticize Paterno. When he’s on his death bed is not one of those times.

  35. crillbill says: Jan 21, 2012 7:59 PM

    Thanks Joe for all your hardwork at Penn State and setting the university back 50 years. It will be a long time till the school is competitive again and some day the rest of the country will not think of child molestation when they hear the name Penn State. May God have mercy on your soul. RIP.

  36. dabbindan says: Jan 21, 2012 8:04 PM

    sad that a life time of pretty good work eneded for him and his family just this way.

    the firing was appropriate. that he and his family had to have things end without any time to heal and find some peace in the situation is especially sad.

    imagine he had made this mistake earlier in his life, paid the price, learned and made amends and went on to have the career he did. it would be a much less painful way to leave this life. a totally different perspective.

    an especially sad way to go out.

  37. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 21, 2012 8:06 PM

    But at least he got the record for most wins by a coach. That was the most important thing.

  38. bensawesomeness says: Jan 21, 2012 8:11 PM

    Wer’re all prayin for you, Joe Pa

  39. onceuponatimeinsports says: Jan 21, 2012 8:11 PM

    I never like to say someone is “better off dead” but in his case it might be apt. He’s going to endure a plethora of lawsuits from the victims families if he lives long enough.

    He, along with the university itself, have the deepest pockets in the molestation case. Sandusky certainly doesn’t and neither do any of the other Penn St. officials indicted by the Grand Jury. Not like Paterno anyways.

    The victims and their families will undoubtedly sue Paterno for knowing about the crime and doing little or nothing thus allowing the molestations by his close friend and ex-coach to go on after he was made aware of the 2002 incident.

    That will be the tact they take in their lawsuits, just wait and see. That’s probably why he reportedly had his house moved into his wife’s name over the summer before news of the scandal hit. After his Grand Jury testimony his lawyers probably suggested it as the best way to keep the family house in the event of civil suits.

    I can’t see an 85 year old Joe Paterno surviving that kind of emotional ordeal. As cold as it may sound, his passing at this time, if it occurs, may be for the best.

  40. harleyspoon says: Jan 21, 2012 8:12 PM

    Joe did not screw up!!

    Joe did contact the largest police dept in Centre County…The Campus Police…He went directly to the man who had oversight of the Campus Police and told them all he knew..which was no more than “hearsay” at the time…Even at that, Sandusky had been the subject of several Grand Jury hearings…There are Grand Jury Reports available…these are not always public proceedings and Sandusky was no longer an employee of Penn State at those times…Joe was not the police; he was not an investigator; he was not a prosecutor; he was not the DA.; he was not a judge; he was not a juror..He was merely a man who heard an understated report and reported it properly to the highest official in the largest police department in Centre County….There was no name of a victim for the police to interview…Joe said he “wished he had done more”…But what more could he have done within the law? Nothing!

  41. packhawk04 says: Jan 21, 2012 8:13 PM

    I read an interview once where joepa said once you arent doing what you love to do, you die. He was right. A college football legend and a shame his career ended the.way it did.

  42. stevenfbrackett says: Jan 21, 2012 8:15 PM

    Now is the time to be charitable toward him – but I just can’t. He knowingly and purposely hid sexual abuse of minors for decades and even now when his health is failing he refuses to take any responsibility for that and for all the victims that never would have been victimized if he had been even half a man.

    If he had shown any remorse or guilt at all, I would have been able to find at least a speck of charity for him but he hasn’t and I can’t.

  43. mmmpierogi says: Jan 21, 2012 8:15 PM

    thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 21, 2012 8:06 PM

    But at least he got the record for most wins by a coach. That was the most important thing.

    **********************************************************

    Nothing better than passive-aggressive whining. It’s fun to do and fun to read.

  44. jckid21 says: Jan 21, 2012 8:25 PM

    When Richard Nixon was on his death bed he was remembered for his triumphs “China” and low points “Watergate”.

    The same can be said for Ronald Reagan, Michael Jackson and any other famous public figure.

    Why is Joe Paterno above this standard? What makes him different or so special?

    How quickly we forget why he is such a polarizing figure. So essentially because a man is dying we should only talk about the positive things and forget the negative. He is a public figure and part of all the spoils of fame comes praise/criticism in your last days. That is the trade off like it or not.

    Joe Paterno was lucky enough to work 50 plus years for the same employer. He made millions of dollars and did many charitable things for PSU and society. He was also a great coach and mentor to young adults. These are all positive facts which should be attributed to his name. But it would be irresponsible and downright unfair to the victims of Sandusky if you did not include the fact that Joe Paterno did the bare minimum to stop these horrible acts. For anyone to say that Joe Paterno did not know what was going on or did not have the power to stop it just read or listen to Joe’s own words, “I could have done more”.

    Imagine how the victims feel hearing Joe say he could have done more. A lot of good that does them now.

  45. harleyspoon says: Jan 21, 2012 8:37 PM

    No..Joe won’t have to endure a “plethora” of lawsuits…He has done nothing to hang a lawsuit on…

    Joe did not screw up!!

    Joe did contact the largest police dept in Centre County…The Campus Police…He went directly to the man who had oversight of the Campus Police and told them all he knew..which was no more than “hearsay” at the time…Even at that, Sandusky had been the subject of several Grand Jury hearings…There are Grand Jury Reports available…these are not always public proceedings and Sandusky was no longer an employee of Penn State at those times…Joe was not the police; he was not an investigator; he was not a prosecutor; he was not the DA.; he was not a judge; he was not a juror..He was merely a man who heard an understated report and reported it properly to the highest official in the largest police department in Centre County….There was no name of a victim for the police to interview…and Joe didn’t know the name of the victim…Joe said he “wished he had done more”…But what more could he have done within the law? Nothing!

    Any attempt to sue Joe Paterno in this matter will be determined to be a “frivolous lawsuit” and would never be heard before jury…

  46. harleyspoon says: Jan 21, 2012 8:44 PM

    Jckid21 made a ridiculous statement:

    “When Richard Nixon was on his death bed he was remembered for his triumphs “China” and low points “Watergate”.

    The same can be said for Ronald Reagan, Michael Jackson and any other famous public figure.

    Why is Joe Paterno above this standard? What makes him different or so special?”

    jckid21, Joe Paterno did nothing criminal or immoral and has not been charged with anything criminal or immoral. That is why he has no connection to Ronald Reagan, Michael Jackson or any other public figure!

    As for being polarizing, anyone who wants to be polarized, can be polarized by virtually anything more than an ion….Some damned fools just can’t wait to be polarized…Might one of them be you?

  47. goforthanddie says: Jan 21, 2012 8:46 PM

    Sad. The man did/has done nothing wrong, unless you count “not doing other peoples’ jobs for them”-which I’m sure he would have been happy to if he felt it necessary.
    No question the stress of the situation is hastening his demise, and that’s just wrong. He deserves better.

  48. bamabob says: Jan 21, 2012 8:46 PM

    Did Paterno make mistakes? Yes. But let’s remember who the real monster in this saga is.

  49. harleyspoon says: Jan 21, 2012 8:48 PM

    Hey, stinkfoot….and you obviously have more than stinky feet…Maybe you have a stinky rationale. Joe did not knowingly or unknowingly enable Sandusky in anyway at all. Tell me how he enabled Sandusky….and be real specific…Now, if you hope Joe will “burn in hell”, I think God may give you the same pain you wish on any other human…unless you ask Him for forgiveness for your mean-spirited judgement!!

  50. dhlions says: Jan 21, 2012 8:50 PM

    Rumor from inside the Mount Nittany Medical Center is that he’s passed away.

    RIP.

  51. tominma says: Jan 21, 2012 8:56 PM

    For all of you blame-gamers, please sstop talking about “inaction”! Paterno DID take action. He told his superiors and THEY had the responsibility to take action. THAT is what he was SUPPOSED to do according to policy! The administration had both the legal, policy and moral obligation to act, but didnt and now 2 of them are facing felony counts.
    It’s worth nothing that Paterno isnt facing ANY charges. ANY large institution has clear policies about reporting things that need action. Paterno probly would have faced discipline if he went outside of this chain of command and went directly to the police! In fact, he thought he WAS going to the campus police because one of the people he talked to was in charge of the campus police!
    Place the blame where it belongs: on Sandusky, who commited these vicious acts, and the administrators who were charged to take action when vile things are reported but didnt. Paterno was fired by a Board of Directors who were just covering their asses. Now let the man rest in peace!

  52. frank booth says: Jan 21, 2012 8:57 PM

    Regardless of where you fall in the argument about Joe Paterno, there are about 50 other threads to discuss it on CFT. To come on here and start talking about lawsuits, the Board of Trustees, or post incendiary comments about the Sandusky situation is just plain stupid, and says more about the poster making the comments than it does about Paterno.

  53. davebrownspiral says: Jan 21, 2012 9:01 PM

    The funeral should be relatively quick, since the undertakers will only have to inter the lower half of Joe’s body; as Joe has had his head buried deep in the sand for years

  54. dkhhuey says: Jan 21, 2012 9:01 PM

    Sad ending to a storied career that will be forever tarnished by the Sandusky scandal. Sooner or later the facts will come out but regardless, as the man himself said, he should have done more!

  55. jckid21 says: Jan 21, 2012 9:02 PM

    Joe Paterno has passed away

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/21/joe-paterno-dead-ex-penn-state-football-coach_n_1221289.html

    RIP

  56. jafcpa says: Jan 21, 2012 9:02 PM

    May all who have never made a mistake, or wish they would have handled something differently..go ahead and throw your stones.

  57. bartleby3 says: Jan 21, 2012 9:11 PM

    The national news media lynch mob came to State College demanding instant justice, demanding that heads must roll. They created an artificial urgency arguing that PSU must take immediate action. This created the idea that there was an emergency on campus, even though the criminal justice system had begun to take action. The BOT created an emergency meeting to deal not with Sandusky the alleged perpetrator but to please the press and the mania. This caused the riot because the students were out of classes and many were drinking. Had the BOT waited till the AM there would have been no riot. There was no rational reason to fire Paterno the way they did. The press wounded Paterno and the BOT inflicted the mortal wounds. The Sandusky Scandal is but the national media were equally ugly in their feeding off the sensation. Joe Paterno is a descent man and like all men imperfect. I doubt that any of the worst stonethrowers are free of sin and imperfection and few will ever do as much good as Joe has done. When Joe loses his battle with life will the national media be pleased with the power they used to destroy him?

  58. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 21, 2012 9:12 PM

    tominma says:
    Jan 21, 2012 8:56 PM
    For all of you blame-gamers, please sstop talking about “inaction”! Paterno DID take action. He told his superiors and THEY had the responsibility to take action.

    *****************************

    I can type in CAPS also and use the exclamation key !!!!!!!

    But if the child involved was Pervternos grandson, I hardly doubt that he would follow”policy” and only tell his superiors and not do one damn thing else.
    So STFU!

  59. crambow says: Jan 21, 2012 9:16 PM

    May Joe’s ascension be peaceful and may the BoTs burn in hell forever and ever and ever.

  60. ermur22 says: Jan 21, 2012 9:26 PM

    Karma’s a bitch ain’t it? I hope when he gets to the pearly gates he has a better excuse that what he told all of us. We shouldn’t judge him because he’s about to be judged by the main Man and it ain’t going to be pretty for him.

  61. askabutcher says: Jan 21, 2012 9:29 PM

    He passed away

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46086685/ns/local_news-fort_myers_fl/#.TxtzRoHrSkc

  62. harleyspoon says: Jan 21, 2012 9:33 PM

    Hey, idiot who calls himself thatobnoxiousguy, no-one knew the name of the little boy who was/is (now a grown man) the victim…and, that being the case, how could Joe or anyone else have done anything more than they did…except maybe for MacQuery…Joe could have gone to the police everyday and he still would have had no name of description to give them regarding the (at the time, the “alleged”) victim..and the police could have done no more on the 10th day Joe went to the station than they could have done on the first day or the 100th day…..Man, obnoxious one, you are not only obnoxious; you are ignorant of the law and too damned lazy minded to get the facts…..See a psychiatrist!!!

  63. srg608 says: Jan 21, 2012 9:34 PM

    “Now is the time to be charitable toward him – but I just can’t. He knowingly and purposely hid sexual abuse of minors for decades and even now when his health is failing he refuses to take any responsibility for that and for all the victims that never would have been victimized if he had been even half a man.

    If he had shown any remorse or guilt at all, I would have been able to find at least a speck of charity for him but he hasn’t and I can’t.”

    I’ve been reading stupid statements from obviously stupid people far too long not to say anything. It’s unbelievable to me that people are so hateful and misinformed at the same time. Case in point the above post. Joe knew for decades? Really? Where in the H$LL do you pull that from? The first time that it has ever been proven that he heard of Sandusky’s “inappropriate” contact with minors was in 2002, and he reported it to the man that runs the University Police – a REAL POLICE FORCE.

    Does he wish he had done more, yes, he does, by his own admission. But does that deserve the hatred people seem to direct only his way – instead of where it belongs. In Sandusky’s direction. What about the DA who didn’t file charges against Sandusky? The one who disappeared in 2005? How about the Second Mile management team? There are dozens or maybe hundreds of people that knew Sandusky and could have known something was wrong. But we don’t know about them, any more than we know about Paterno. And on his apparant death bed, you haters still have to throw salt on an old mans wounds. You all (including the BOT at PSU) should be ashamed of yourselves. You make me ashamed of the human race in general!!!

  64. John Taylor says: Jan 21, 2012 9:39 PM

    People, please stop posting links to reports that JoePa has passed. His family and the family’s spokesperson have vehemently denied the reports that he has died.

  65. crambow says: Jan 21, 2012 9:41 PM

    JayPaterno Jay Paterno
    I appreciate the support & prayers. Joe is continuing to fight.
    19 minutes ago

  66. 8man says: Jan 21, 2012 9:47 PM

    I think we are all lessened when a revered and trusted icon falls from grace. And now he passes before the complete details of the story are known.

    In the last two decades we’ve seen athletes, coaches, Presidents, entertainers, our military and business leaders all steeped in horrific and evil scandal. It’s truly an indictment of us all.

    Very sad.

  67. txtroutslayer says: Jan 21, 2012 9:47 PM

    Evil Prevails when good men do nothing…..That’s how I will always remember Joe paterno a supposedly good man who did nothing…..nothing while his friend and business associate raped little boys…..I hope all the victims who were raped by Sandusky will in time heal. The world will be a better place when Joe Paterno gone from it. Hopefully Sandusky will be gone soon too.

  68. ofbcaas says: Jan 21, 2012 10:04 PM

    God Bless you Joe

  69. srg608 says: Jan 21, 2012 10:05 PM

    txtroutslayer says:
    Jan 21, 2012 9:47 PM

    Evil Prevails when good men do nothing…..That’s how I will always remember Joe paterno a supposedly good man who did nothing…..nothing while his friend and business associate raped little boys…..I hope all the victims who were raped by Sandusky will in time heal. The world will be a better place when Joe Paterno gone from it. Hopefully Sandusky will be gone soon too.

    The world would be a much better place if morons like you were all put on a deserted island somewhere – WITHOUT internet access!!

  70. comeonnowguys says: Jan 21, 2012 10:09 PM


    bostonbias says:
    Jan 21, 2012 6:36 PM
    I personally blame people who wished for his death. I wonder how those people sleep at night.

    Funny, the rest of the world wonders the same about the people who defend him.

  71. harleyspoon says: Jan 21, 2012 10:09 PM

    But Paterno did all he could under the actual circumstances of the matter…which, it is obvious the lynch mob nuts who can’t deal with facts, will never grasp or even try to grasp…That is why we have and have always had lynch mobs…Lynch mobs are made up of rabid nuts and those–who are to gutless to resist the mob mentality–who go along with the mob…We have seen these sorry, sick & sad bastards in 70% of the posts regarding Paterno in this pitiful Sandusky tragedy….When lynch mobs go wild, everything in their paths is trampled; even morality, human decency, rational thought, respect for the rule of law, respect for the very foundations of civilized society…The milk of human kindness dries up with the souls of the frenzied mobsters…

    For all your lynch mob frenzy, your souls will not be assuaged because stupidity, ignorance and innate meanness cannot be satisfied, even when the ultimate goals are accomplished…You will never be able to wash the blood from your hands as in Macbeth….

  72. lookatthefarside says: Jan 21, 2012 10:12 PM

    You were a great coach, JoeEnabler, but it’s time to put the statue in a warehouse.

  73. comeonnowguys says: Jan 21, 2012 10:17 PM

    For all your lynch mob frenzy, your souls will not be assuaged because stupidity, ignorance and innate meanness cannot be satisfied, even when the ultimate goals are accomplished…You will never be able to wash the blood from your hands as in Macbeth….

    I just hope in ten years, when you look back on this, that you will be half as hard on yourself for defending him as you should be.

  74. bartleby3 says: Jan 21, 2012 10:39 PM

    At this time those that are making vicious attacks on Paterno are not driven by compassion for children that have been victims of sexual assault. They are driven by their own secrets and peronal imperfections and secrets in their family systems. It reminds one of prisons filled with men who have done awful things to other people who beat to death the child molester. Their logic is yes I am an awful person but I am not as bad as a child molester. The people in this blog who are making horrible comments are projecting on to Paterno their own shortcomings. Paterno is not a child molester however. He is one of the many people in this world who are decieved by a trusted person who turns out to be exploitive. Any person cheering for Paternos death is a person hiding something and emotionally not particularily healthy.

  75. harleyspoon says: Jan 21, 2012 11:10 PM

    comeonnowguys, You are the one who will have to look at your sorry soul and apologize to God on Judgment Day for you sorry, sick and pitiful meanness and frenzied irrationality. It says “judge not, lest ye be judged.” I have nothing to judge Paterno about…He has done nothing wrong. I may have a lot of other sins to worry about on Judgment Day but my position on Paterno is not something I will have to worry about on that day.

    As for you, c-o-n-g, why can’t you debate the merits of the case instead of just hammering , hammering and hammering a man who did exactly what he was supposed to do morally and legally? The reason you can’t argue the merits is that you have no legal or even moral leg to stand on…

    You and people like you are like the gossiping old bitch ripping everyone else asunder with a vile grin on her/your face…You revel in the pain of others and their imperfection. That is a defense mechanism for the most imperfect among us…People who are miserable love to see misery in any scape-goat they can find….You and those like you are really very sick…

    Bubba, I’ll take my chances on the eventual vindication of Paterno….and, if you are still wallowing in his pain as if it were your best orgasm, I will remind you of how really pitiful, sad and sorry you really are…

  76. tobeexact says: Jan 22, 2012 12:17 AM

    first to the obnox guy ,i already checked you out , everyone on here will know your on megans list, and the fact joe pa had more morals in a single strand of hair then toi will ever have in a life time .
    Then there is (troutslayer) dont even qoute a for a few good men from watching a movie,i was in special opts , which the opposite could be said for you , you were probably one of the cowards who was a draft doger chicken shit that ran to canada. So dont quote something you know nothing about and disgrace the men and woman who sacrificed for your ignorant ass so your able to run your mouth without any conserves . Then there is the extreme holy roller nut case starring his guilty of a crime and will go to hell,i bet you say the same thing about your dog for taking a crap in the yard because thats the only living thing willing to give your crazy asd the time of day. As for the rest of you haters and bashers ,just look up the law on reporting sexual molestation and you.will actually find the facts.
    And that Is no.one but the whimp mcquery.could report the crime to.the police , also look up the facts that mcquery.who claims he saw such a horrible act , remained good friends with sandusky and even brought his kids to.partys at sanduskys house for years.after witnessing the act.
    And yes joe pa was a name synonymous with penn state,but that doesnt mean he could do wat ever he wanted and be able to tell people what to do. I guess since the da was taken so long , he should of went there and said im joe pa fine me all your paperwork ,im taken over this case .
    And all you people wishing him dead , he will be fighting for your souls and asking the devil to let you go to.heaven , rusts the difference between joe pa and you jackasses

  77. frank booth says: Jan 22, 2012 12:44 AM

    tobeexact-

    I know you say you were in “special opts”, but it’s actually referred to as “special ops”. It’s short for “special operations”.

  78. harleyspoon says: Jan 22, 2012 12:44 AM

    WELL SAID, TOBEEXACT!! GUNG HO!!

  79. harleyspoon says: Jan 22, 2012 12:49 AM

    txtroutslayer ….you are nothing but pure white trash….you wallow with the maggots in the bottom of the outhouse…..You are disgusting…and not fit to be in the company of decent people…

  80. comeonnowguys says: Jan 22, 2012 1:08 AM


    It says “judge not, lest ye be judged.”

    Bubba, I’ll take my chances on the eventual vindication of Paterno….and, if you are still wallowing in his pain as if it were your best orgasm, I will remind you of how really pitiful, sad and sorry you really are…

    …And who’s judging now?

  81. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 22, 2012 1:09 AM

    tobeexact;

    It’s time to put the bottle down and go to bed.

    Go stagger to your bed have have another wet dream over Sandusky and Pervterno

  82. lookatthefarside says: Jan 22, 2012 4:31 AM

    Tobeexact just downed twenty Shirley temples laced with a horse tranquilizer while watching Missing In Action and Lone Wolf McQuade.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!