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Joe Paterno: 1926-2012

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Sadly, the grim reports that dominated the college football news cycle beginning Saturday evening were a precursor to the inevitable but still numbing reality: a coaching legend has passed.

A family spokesperson confirmed to the Associated Press that Joseph Vincent Paterno has died at a State College hospital at the age of 85, just over two months after being diagnosed with a form of lung cancer.  A posting to Penn State’s official Facebook page read simply: “With great sadness we mourn the passing of Coach Joe Paterno…Few have done more.”

Paterno passed away at 9:25 a.m. ET Sunday, and the official cause of death was metastic small cell carcinoma of the lung.

The legendary former Penn State head coach was surrounded by family and friends, who had been summoned to the on-campus hospital when Paterno’s health took a turn for the worse recently.

“It is with great sadness that we announce that Joe Paterno passed away earlier today,” a statement from the family read. “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.”

A statement attributed to university president Rodney Erickson and the Board of Trustees was released shortly after 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.”

Paterno was born Dec. 21, 1926, in Brooklyn, NY, and, after his playing days at Brown University were complete, was hired as an assistant at Penn State in 1950.  Shortly after the 1965 season had ended, Paterno was named head coach of the Nittany Lions; for the next 46 years, Paterno lorded over Happy Valley as the face of both a football program and a university.

During his nearly five decades as head coach, Paterno accumulated 409 wins, the most in Div. I history; a record 37 appearances in bowl games; and two national championships.  As great of a coach as he was on the field, he was widely hailed as, at least until the events that have transpired since last November, an even greater man off of it, donating millions back to his beloved university and shaping the lives of untold numbers of players, coaches and other football support staff.

The legacy he had built in more than a half a century at the school, however, was threatened — or erased in the minds of some — by the Jerry Sandusky child-sex abuse scandal that’s rocked the football program specifically and the university in general.  Mere days after his former assistant was indicted on more than 50 charges relating to the sexual molestation of underage boys, Paterno was fired by the school’s board of trustees, which declared in a statement that their “unanimous judgment was that Coach Paterno could not be expected to continue to effectively perform his duties and that it was in the best interests of the University to make an immediate change in his status.”

Nine weeks after his final game Nov. 5 — eerily and vaguely similar time-wise to the passing of Bear Bryant after he had coached his last game at Alabama — Coach Paterno is gone.

Our condolences go out to his family, friends and every single person touched by a helluva coach and a great-but-fallible human being who will ultimately be defined by the totality of his life, both the good and the bad.

RIP Coach Paterno.

(Photo credit: NBCSports.com)

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122 Responses to “Joe Paterno: 1926-2012”
  1. overratedgators says: Jan 22, 2012 10:26 AM

    RIP, JoePa

  2. 2difshoe says: Jan 22, 2012 10:27 AM

    Condoning child molestation never has a pretty ending !

  3. rythmicslapping4jopa says: Jan 22, 2012 10:28 AM

    No tears in my eyes. And it’s “Mr Paterno”. He lost the honor of being called “Coach” when he failed to protect children from a monster.

  4. burntorangehorn says: Jan 22, 2012 10:28 AM

    “The legacy he had built in more than a half a century at the school, however, was threatened — or erased in the minds of some — by the Jerry Sandusky child-sex abuse scandal that’s rocked the football program specifically and the university in general.”
    ==============================
    Threatened or erased in the minds of those who don’t have the intellectual objectivity to look at the facts and consider the circumstances. The blame is with McQueary, not Paterno. Paterno witnessed nothing, and all he knew was that some young guy on his staff (who has since proven to be a waffler with constantly-changing stories) had told him a pretty sick story about a guy who wasn’t even involved with the team anymore, and hadn’t been for years. Paterno was in neither the administrative nor operational chain-of-command for Sandusky at the time of the incident. The blame for non-reporting is McQueary’s to bear.

  5. randygnyc says: Jan 22, 2012 10:28 AM

    Good riddance to the POS. It’s divine intervention. Shoulda been Sandusky, but I’ll take it.

  6. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 22, 2012 10:29 AM

    At least he got the coaching record. That was more important than any kids life.

  7. woebegong says: Jan 22, 2012 10:31 AM

    Rest in Peace Joe,

    You made some mistakes along the way, as far as judgement went, but no one can deny that you were an ambassador and a great representative of that University.
    Some of you folks wishing for his demise have now gotten your wish. May you never make a poor judgement6 in your life.

  8. mdpickles says: Jan 22, 2012 10:31 AM

    Take it easy, Joe. RIP

  9. ticalcaldwell says: Jan 22, 2012 10:31 AM

    RIP…this is just an all around sad story with no winners..

  10. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 22, 2012 10:31 AM

    I just wish someday soon we can find a cure for such an ugly and heinous disease like cancer. Too many wonderful and good people (not the above)are taken away too soon because of this ravaging killer.

  11. bolric27 says: Jan 22, 2012 10:32 AM

    Farewell Joe, Know that you are going to be accepted and forgiven by the only one that has the power to do so! God. Worry not about all of the naysayers and remember the good that you did your brief time on this surly little planet. Rest in Peace!

  12. santolonius says: Jan 22, 2012 10:33 AM

    a legendary coach died today. folks might want to leave the child molestation comments alone for a day. there is no need to try to chip away at the sadness that joe pa is gone with the bitterness of what happened.

  13. thefiesty1 says: Jan 22, 2012 10:33 AM

    RIP. A good long life until the end. Tainted legacy and that’s unfortunate.

  14. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 22, 2012 10:35 AM

    Pretty sad that a campus full of full of morons will hold hands, cry, pray, and hold a lovefest for an old man that enabled his buddy to continue molesting young children, yet they ignore the young victims that have to live the rest of their lives with the pain inflicted upon them.

    Sickening that a group of adults defend a man that they do not even personally know, and show their lack of home training in doing so, yet they (like their hero) don’t give a damn about all of the innocent victims.

    Disturbing that flocks of morally deficient people will hold hands, cry, and mourn at a statue of someone that they NEVER EVEN MET, but show absolutely no compassion or even acknowledge the true victims.

    The children are scarred for life and will have to deal with nightmares each and every day forever.

    The victims dont get to take the easy(cowardly) way out

  15. Revolution22 says: Jan 22, 2012 10:35 AM

    Rest in Peace, Paterno.

  16. harleyspoon says: Jan 22, 2012 10:36 AM

    All of you “saints” will rue the day you celebrated the pain and death of Joe Paterno, a really great man, with your ignorance, stupidity, hate, malevolence and just plain exposure of your evil souls…You make humanity look like the worst thing God ever made…You will pay for it in eternity…Good riddance!!! I hope Joe Paterno has a wonderful eternity…He has earned it…

  17. udtfrogmanvet says: Jan 22, 2012 10:36 AM

    Murdered by a pedophile…it should’ve been you Sandusky!

  18. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 22, 2012 10:37 AM

    I am out.
    This is my last comment on the matter.

  19. hrdcorbengalsfan says: Jan 22, 2012 10:39 AM

    So does the guy who reported it before the family wanted it posted still lose his job?

  20. blueglaze says: Jan 22, 2012 10:44 AM

    RIP Joe… I know how great of a man you were. Unfortunately being only human prevents the ability to control every persons actions/views on life… But you made the same move as I would and are a huge inspiration to thousands.

  21. Dirty D Fo says: Jan 22, 2012 10:45 AM

    You killed him Penn State. Great job.

  22. bleed4philly says: Jan 22, 2012 10:45 AM

    I can’t mourn his death until justice has been served. F Sandusky

  23. 2difshoe says: Jan 22, 2012 10:45 AM

    santonlonius says:

    a legendary coach died today. folks might want to leave the child molestation comments alone for a day. there is no need to try to chip away at the sadness that joe pa is gone with the bitterness of what happened.

    ==============================================

    Tell that to a victims or their parent…she how the respond.

  24. Chris Reighley says: Jan 22, 2012 10:46 AM

    For all of you bashers out there, you really need to understand the facts before you speak. JoePa did exactly was he should have done. JoePa did NOTHING wrong. For the complete idoits out there who call JoePa a condoner of what Sandusky did – frankly – you are stupid.

    R.I.P. JoePa and peace be with the Paterno Family.

  25. jeb7524 says: Jan 22, 2012 10:47 AM

    Very well written article

  26. 2difshoe says: Jan 22, 2012 10:47 AM

    Jan 22, 2012 10:45 AM
    santonlonius says:

    a legendary coach died today. folks might want to leave the child molestation comments alone for a day. there is no need to try to chip away at the sadness that joe pa is gone with the bitterness of what happened.

    ==============================================

    Tell that to one of the victims or their parents…see how the respond.

  27. delmarjohn says: Jan 22, 2012 10:50 AM

    In this world were we hold others to unbelievablely high standards,I wonder now if all the witch hunters are now happy,Joe Paterno was a man who left this world a PLUS man he not only ran a football program but he produced out of that program responsible young men,that is his legacy to mankind,not some witch hunt to see a great man,which most of us aren’t have to resign in percieved dis grace,sorry JOE but you will always be a hero in my eyes

  28. Dirty D Fo says: Jan 22, 2012 10:52 AM

    @2difshoe — Glad you got your mulligan… Kids and their grammar…

  29. panther17 says: Jan 22, 2012 10:52 AM

    thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 22, 2012 10:37 AM

    I am out.
    This is my last comment on the matter.

    _________________________________

    That’s good. You’re comments on the matter didn’t amount to poo anyways.

  30. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 22, 2012 10:54 AM

    Ok, I was not going to comment again but I can’t just sit by and continue to see PSU enablers keep making excuses, and condoning this mans action/inaction.

    If I am at work and an employee comes up and tells me he saw my buddy/associate/employee molesting a young child in the shower……
    Iwould NOT just tell my superior and leave it at that.

    I WOULD go speak directly to the accused, then immediatly tell him I am reporting it to the police

    I would then inform him that he is not to set foot on any part of campus that was under my control and of which I can dictate.

    Quit freakin saying he did what he was supposed to do.
    If it were his grandchild, he would have done much more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Those kids deserved the same actions!

  31. mancave001 says: Jan 22, 2012 10:57 AM

    Reading the comments here, you’d think JoePA was the one who molested and raped children, lied about it for 30 years, and failed to stop it when he witnessed it.

    Anyone who criticizes the man for the scandal on the day of his death is a despicable human being. Shame on you.

    RIP JoePA. You will be missed.

  32. mgfred says: Jan 22, 2012 10:58 AM

    I sincerely belive that Joe’s firing and the shameful way he was treated after 62 years, took whatever fight Joe had left in him. While the Penn St Board of Trustees is not legally responsible, they are morally responsible! Penn St is just as responsible as the cancer was in taking Joe’s life

  33. mrslay1 says: Jan 22, 2012 10:59 AM

    God Bless you and your family Joe Pa. You will be missed!

  34. stairwayto7 says: Jan 22, 2012 11:00 AM

    R.I.P. Joe Pa..TEH GREATEST COACH EVER! For all those glad he died, Satan will be waiting for your soul!

  35. alligatorsnapper says: Jan 22, 2012 11:00 AM

    Rest in Peace Coach Paterno.

    May his family find peace in his passing as well.

    If open to them, there will be hundreds of college coaches, present and past, who will attend his wake/funeral.

    Our prayers are with victims of Sandusky as well, may they find some healing and peace at some point.

  36. Amadeus says: Jan 22, 2012 11:00 AM

    PSU’s statement “Few have done more” fails to complete the sentence. “Few have done more to ruin the reputation of a once great institution of higher learning.”

    The first line of every obit will mention the scandal. Recalling Marc Anthony’s speech from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar:

    The evil things that men do live on after them;
    The good things are often buried with their bones.

  37. panther17 says: Jan 22, 2012 11:01 AM

    Good for you. You’re such a saint. Never made any mistakes.

    Joe Pa made his. We all know what it is. The guilt of not doing more probably pushed him to an earlier grave. But there are plenty of articles you can post on to discuss his faults in them.

    This one is for his death. Be respectful or get out.

  38. rythmicslapping4jopa says: Jan 22, 2012 11:01 AM

    Damn Joe! That girl you’re hugging in the picture has some awesome teeth!

    Sincerely,

    Jack O. Lantern

  39. donttazemebro says: Jan 22, 2012 11:01 AM

    Rest in peace Joe Pa.Let’s just leave it at that.

  40. packernation90 says: Jan 22, 2012 11:01 AM

    Give the hating a rest people. We do not know exactly what happened with the sex scandle. Joe made a mistake, we all make mistakes. I understand his mistake was a terrible one, but we all deserve forgiveness. At this time, it is right to celebrate his life, not tear down his accomplishments.

  41. goodfieldnohit says: Jan 22, 2012 11:02 AM

    Off to the big lockerroom shower in the sky, hoping God is as forgiving of those that either assault or enable the assault of children as he was.

  42. jamiemessmer says: Jan 22, 2012 11:03 AM

    gonna miss you coach Paterno, RIP

  43. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 22, 2012 11:06 AM

    mgfred says:

    “While the Penn St Board of Trustees is not legally responsible, they are morally responsible! Penn St is just as responsible as the cancer was in taking Joe’s life”

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

    Really?

    Seriously??

    Let me say what you MEANT to say

    While Joe Paterno is not legally responsible, he is morally responsible! Joe Paterno is just as responsible as Sandusky for the additional victims.

  44. kingpel says: Jan 22, 2012 11:06 AM

    HEY ESPN!

    Spare me the endless Joe Paterno tributes! You had every opportunity to let the Penn St scandal play out, but you chose to villify Paterno instead. Now you want to get on the air and preach about what a great man he was?!

    ESPN is a joke. Thank you NBC for offering us an alternative.

  45. hdmoyer says: Jan 22, 2012 11:06 AM

    It’s not the name on the back of the jersey rather the one on the front that matters.

    Rest in piece coach

  46. panther17 says: Jan 22, 2012 11:06 AM

    Goodbye Coach.

  47. raggamffin says: Jan 22, 2012 11:06 AM

    I don’t understand how some of you think good coach > good person. Its sad.

  48. warrenlevine says: Jan 22, 2012 11:08 AM

    Payback certainly is a bitch, ain’t it?

    This hypocrite believed in forgiveness, but not in penance; penance was too much for this accessory to child abuse to give for a bunch of troubled kids whose lives were ruined partially because of his failure to act.

    Well, it’s still a great day in the morning, and a great day for football, people. The AFC championship for breakfast, and the Main Event for dinner.

    I wonder if the NFL will have a moment of silence for him at today’s games. If so, I hope the boo-birds are out in force, because Paterno had too many goddamn moments of silence when he should have spoken out.

    He’ll be getting acquainted with his roomies in hell before the first coin’s flipped today in Foxboro. I hope the devil makes him room with Jeffrey Dahmer.

  49. karla1953 says: Jan 22, 2012 11:08 AM

    JoePa you will be missed…..You were and are Penn State!!!!!

  50. 84bird says: Jan 22, 2012 11:10 AM

    Joe Pa,
    Rest in peace. You are the best coach Penn State will ever have. I hate that YOUR name was smeared by the things that Jerry did. We all make mistakes, and are human, and we are ALL RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR OWN ACTIONS. You will be judged by God, and I’m sure God would not allowed you to teach all these kids for 40 years if he had’nt put you there in the first place. Go in peace Joe, I’m sure you’ll have your “Wings” by the only judge that matters tonight. God-Bless.

  51. effjohntaylornorelation says: Jan 22, 2012 11:11 AM

    With great sadness we mourn the passing of Coach Joe Paterno…Few have done more.”

    Sad to see him go. Prior to PSU joining the Big Ten in 1993 he may have been my favorite coach. With him having done so much it is dishesrtening how little he did when it really mattered.

  52. 2difshoe says: Jan 22, 2012 11:11 AM

    Satirwayto7 says:

    Jan 22, 2012 11:00 AM
    R.I.P. Joe Pa..TEH GREATEST COACH EVER! For all those glad he died, Satan will be waiting for your soul!

    ===========================================

    And today have a firm grasp on Joe’s !

  53. jahert says: Jan 22, 2012 11:12 AM

    RIP COACH PATERNO. A legend in any man’s book, defined only by his accomplishments on and off the field.

  54. phillyfanmatt says: Jan 22, 2012 11:12 AM

    While he should have done more morally as many of you claim. You all who sit there and call a man who has passed a scum and a piece of trash are just as morally wrong. If you were in his family, friends and supporters shoes you would be upset if people were saying things like that about your parent, grandparent, friend or whatever if you believed in them. You all would be up in as saying things like I can’t believe people would wish death or ill-will on my loved one.
    Maybe he should have done more. Maybe he did do more with his passing, when it happens we will never know his whole side of the story. But I will admit I am ashamed as a human being to be associated with those who wish anyone who is dying the harsh ill feelings that many of you are wishing on Joe Paterno

  55. buckeye1nation says: Jan 22, 2012 11:12 AM

    @thatobnoxiousguy:

    Most large companies/organizations, of which I am an employee, have policies in place that state, in some form or another, that if harassment/abuse is witnessed to immediately report it to your supervisor or HR. Since JoePa was not the highest ranking member of the school’s administration he did as he should have done.

    RIP JoePa. You will be missed.

  56. pervyharvin says: Jan 22, 2012 11:13 AM

    Sanduskyitus will kill you every time,,,

  57. mancave001 says: Jan 22, 2012 11:13 AM

    raggamffin says:
    Jan 22, 2012 11:06 AM
    I don’t understand how some of you think good coach > good person. Its sad.

    ——————-

    I don’t understand how some of you don’t understand that one mistake < a lifetime of leading an ethical, moral and honorable life.

  58. crsponge says: Jan 22, 2012 11:16 AM

    RIP JoePa. You will be missed.

    Sad irony how quickly he died after he was let go like Bear Bryant after he retired at Bama.

    I bet Bear and JoePa are already getting a rematch together of that 1978 Sugar Bowl.

  59. bdawk20 says: Jan 22, 2012 11:18 AM

    For those ignorant Jesus-freaks, please note the following. Joe Paterno did not die due to karma from his inaction of the Sandusky incident. If you think that, you are implying that Jesus or God only punishes people when their actions come to light from a grand jury investigation, rather than when they actually happen. If Jesus/God really had a hand in this, Joe would have died right after the incident happened, but he didn’t, and he became the all time winning college football coach thereafter.

    So, sorry religion isn’t convenient for you today, let the man rest in peace. Go be angry today at one of Sandusky’s molested kids for taking his wife to dinner at the Sandusky household this past summer and asking that Jerry be involved in his kids life. Otherwise, I hope you are all punished with death if you ever do something wrong and then someone finds out about it 20 years later so Jesus can finally realize it.

  60. kittyfoofoo313 says: Jan 22, 2012 11:18 AM

    RIP UNCLE JOE… The only reason you passed away so soon (2 months people!!!) is because they took away61 years of your love,your passion,your life…FOOTBALL…You’ll always have it in heaven for all eternity! May your broken heart be mended there as it could not in life. Sincerly, The P Family

  61. blackmike2 says: Jan 22, 2012 11:19 AM

    crsponge, do you think that in paradise bama can still hold on that great goal line stand?

  62. dominator71030 says: Jan 22, 2012 11:20 AM

    thatobnoxiousguy says:Jan 22, 2012 10:22 AM

    Pretty sad that a campus full of full of morons will hold hands, cry, pray, and hold a lovefest for an old man that enabled his buddy to continue molesting young children, yet they ignore the young victims that have to live the rest of their lives with the pain inflicted upon them.

    Pretty sad that a group of adults defend a man that they do not even personally know, and show their lack of home training in doing so, yet they (like their hero) don’t give a damn about all of the innocent victims.

    The whole campus did hold a candlelight vigil for all the victims and donated hundred of thousands to stop child abuse.

    It’s pretty sad you attack a man you dont even personally know.

  63. 84bird says: Jan 22, 2012 11:21 AM

    If you want to BLAME someone for Jerry, blame Penn State for not getting rid of him, NOT Joe Pa.

  64. incontrovertibletruth says: Jan 22, 2012 11:24 AM

    Rest in Peace our beloved JoePa.
    You were truly a great man and an inspiration to many. Even though you allowed that evil pervert Sandusky to fuck little 10 year old boys in the ass in the showers of your locker room. That was the only glitch in your otherwise stellar football legacy.

    We do not blame you just because you did not call the police and inform them that a sick pedophile was raping kids in the ass on your campus. It was not your penis that was fucking their little assholes so you are not to blame. We love you JoePa and will never forget what you stood for and taught us…by your own example. We Are Penn State!!!! RIP!

  65. Dirty D Fo says: Jan 22, 2012 11:31 AM

    Scrolling through these comments.. I realize two things. Some are kinda’ funny (although I support JoePa) and some need some serious spell checkin’ going on. Are you guys really that stupid? How can you tell someone that you hope “Satin is waiting” … Satin? That would feel delicious!

  66. mmmpierogi says: Jan 22, 2012 11:32 AM

    RIP

  67. srg608 says: Jan 22, 2012 11:33 AM

    rythmicslapping4jopa says:
    Jan 22, 2012 10:28 AM
    No tears in my eyes. And it’s “Mr Paterno”. He lost the honor of being called “Coach” when he failed to protect children from a monster.

    So many idiots, so little time. What do you people expect he should have done? He was told of one incident in 2002, and as far as anyone knows that was his first inkling that Sandusky was a child molester. And he informed his boss and for “all intent and purposes” the University Police Commissioner. He was a 75 year old man at the time and expected that they would investigate and handle the “unspecified” inappropriate acts that he was told second hand that Sandusky was involved in. All you Holier than thou haters that want to crucify him, (JUST because he is the most famous of the University Officials, Second Mile Board Members, Prosecutors and Social Services state employees that could have, should have, and probably did know about Sandusky long before and in more depth that JoePa) can rot in the H3LL that you deserve.

  68. lrg51 says: Jan 22, 2012 11:34 AM

    Those of us who knew Joe as a coach, educator, leader, and friend to all… give him the respect he so richly deserves. NONE of the hate that some of you spew will EVER overcome or outlast the genuine love and respect we have for this man.

    Rest in peace Joe.

  69. bubba703 says: Jan 22, 2012 11:39 AM

    It’s unfair to disregard a a life long book of good work and condemn him for one large lapse in judgement. But it’s worse to “deify” his good work by ignoring that one serious lapse in judgement. A lapse that put many children in jeopardy.

    It’s a shame his life ended before he could fully understood why he was fired. I hope his kids will eventually figure it out, as they are not helping Joe’s legacy by continuing to press the issue.

    RIP JoePA

  70. thegamecocker says: Jan 22, 2012 11:39 AM

    Coach Paterno was Penn State University. I can think of no other person affiliated with a college or university who has done more for his institution than Joseph Vincent Paterno! A graduate of Brown University makes him a scholar. A man who served in the United States military makes him courageous and a hero in my eyes. A leader all of his life who did so much for so many. Perfect? No, but then again NONE of us are. May he Rest In Peace.

  71. dryzzt23 says: Jan 22, 2012 11:40 AM

    The media is ripping and honoring JoePa after his death and they are including his inaction in response to Sandusky.

    The media has destroyed JoePa and call him a defacto child molester however…..

    they are totally silent on another child molester who they dare not report about:

    MLK

    He “had a dream” alright, it was to molest little girls. Yet the media refuses to bring it up lest they incur the wrath of the black community

    If MLK had been white they’d bring it up every year

  72. 2difshoe says: Jan 22, 2012 11:40 AM

    Dirty D Fo says:
    Jan 22, 2012 10:52 AM
    @2difshoe — Glad you got your mulligan… Kids and their grammar…

    ================================================

    Nice catch, you got me there ! No one’s perfect, not even Joe !

  73. mbart94 says: Jan 22, 2012 11:41 AM

    RIP JoePa….We all make mistakes. I love the hypocrites we have in this country. All of you are so perfect huh? How many of you fail at marriage or have kids who do drugs or are alcoholics or are so yourselves? I am sure the majority of the hypocrites are catholics who allow their kids to be around the biggest sex offenders in the world…the catholic priests and joe pa was not the molester he just didn’t take the right steps….Idiots!

  74. htimsr40 says: Jan 22, 2012 11:41 AM

    To thatobnoxiousguy and others who CLAIM that YOU would have done more than JoePa, please fill is in on the heroic actions you have taken to save children. Let us celebrate your heroism as you hide on the internet, telling yourself lies and taking cheap anonymous potshots at a man who accomplished ten times more than you ever will. Get out of mama’s basement and tell us of your deeds. Loser.

  75. 1wildfan1 says: Jan 22, 2012 11:41 AM

    Amazing the holier than thou crowd will vilify Joe as if he did the molesting himself. He didn’t protect anyone he did what he thought appropriate (and was in his day) and turned over to his superiors. Some of you are casting him in the same mold as Sandusky. Unbelievable. No wonder our society in the US is circling the drain.

    A legend has passed. One of the icons of the game. Rest in peave Joe.

  76. calithalas says: Jan 22, 2012 11:42 AM

    Too bad he died so soon before he could be brought to justice and made pay for what he did and did not do.

  77. burntorangehorn says: Jan 22, 2012 11:43 AM

    thatobnoxiousguy says:Jan 22, 2012 10:37 AM

    I am out.
    This is my last comment on the matter.
    ==============================
    One could’ve hoped, but alas, the inanity continues.

    “Obnoxious” is an understatement for almost everything you type.

  78. 1wildfan1 says: Jan 22, 2012 11:48 AM

    Incontrovertible truth = seriously demented douchebag

  79. santolonius says: Jan 22, 2012 11:49 AM

    many of you seem to think life is most noble when pounding your chest, expressing great moral outrage and deluding yourself into thinking you have the wisdom to play judge, jury and executioner. but for all us “normal” people who were not raised suckling at the teat of the jerry springer show, this is a sad day because we have lots of great memories of joe pa.

  80. mmmpierogi says: Jan 22, 2012 11:54 AM

    thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 22, 2012 10:35 AM

    Pretty sad that a campus full of full of morons will hold hands, cry, pray, and hold a lovefest for an old man that enabled his buddy to continue molesting young children, yet they ignore the young victims that have to live the rest of their lives with the pain inflicted upon them.

    The victims dont get to take the easy(cowardly) way out

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

    Excuse me. Do not talk like you actually care about the victims in this, because it’s extremely evident that you do not. It’s even more evident that you simply enjoy seeing your comments get posted up on a thread where you know they’ll be viewed as inflammatory as others. You do this kind of garbage in threads on other topics on here, as well; it’s clear that anything you say stems simply from your love of hearing (seeing, in this case) yourself speak and how others will react to it. Get over yourself – it’s pathetic.

    And, just to get this straight … you view dying from lung cancer as “taking the cowardly way out?” As someone whose had individuals very close to him pass from lung cancer, I’d be extremely curious to see if you would still hold your opinion of dying from it as “cowardly” if you were in those shoes, assuming, of course, you could gasp the words to say it. You’re a fool.

  81. TxGrown says: Jan 22, 2012 11:58 AM

    to. thatobnoxiousguy…hopefully that would be your last comment on anything.

  82. deadmanwalking47 says: Jan 22, 2012 11:58 AM

    i hope coach paterno finds the peace in his passing that he obviously lost on november 9th,2011.of course the man had flaws,but then again,who amongst us does’nt? RIP

  83. titknocker says: Jan 22, 2012 11:59 AM

    Dear Paterno Family,

    Good riddance!!!

    Sincerely,
    Every Child He Put The University In Front Of

  84. honkerdawg says: Jan 22, 2012 12:01 PM

    RIP Joe, to the family condolences and to ALL the Paterno haters especially those sanctimonious hypocrites at ESPN “stick it where the sun don’t shine” !

  85. bdog4u2 says: Jan 22, 2012 12:06 PM

    RIP I see the trolls are having a good time with this. He was a good man and I’m sure he struggled with knowing what he knew and we still don’t know all the facts people. The way some of ya’ll are acting you would think he was the one who was molesting kids he took it to his superiors and they chose not to do anything he was and is a great man and nothing will change my mind.

  86. 700levelvet says: Jan 22, 2012 12:07 PM

    i loved joe pa…….but there in no way……no way, having been to happy valley over a dozen times, having a child a PSU grad, he didn’t know the full details….he OWNED that area, simply owned it, and he hid these horrendous crimes, to protect his legacy, and nothing less. If any of you think Spainer, and the other minions had more clout than Joe, then you are an complete idiot…..To his family, i hope your POP rests in peace.

  87. jjdstl01 says: Jan 22, 2012 12:07 PM

    I remember Bear Bryant once saying that if he retired he wouldn’t live a week. He died four weeks after he retired.

    There is no doubt in my mind this all killed Coach Paterno.

    He deserved better.

  88. melikefootball says: Jan 22, 2012 12:10 PM

    RIP Coach Paterno….you gave your all to Penn St and the community.

  89. blueglaze says: Jan 22, 2012 12:14 PM

    Obnoxious… You MUST work for the fast food industry or some low life business. If you would have done what you said you would have… You would have been fired on spot. you are such a disgusting individual and I don’t “EVEN KNOW YOU!” it is animal instinct to decide whether or not a person has good character/intentions and I’ll tell you by your handle name and psychotic view on this situation and day of mourning… You have a long rough life ahead of you. How about you prove me wrong and be a man of your word and stop your commenting… You have already shown immense weakness by writing another post… My prediction: you continue being weak.

  90. blueglaze says: Jan 22, 2012 12:23 PM

    Oh ok velvet… Just because it’s you and u know all and are such a credible source, I guess we should allow you to wish death upon a cancer patient… Your children will appreciate your views and wish death among others as well… Disgusting…

  91. lanpar says: Jan 22, 2012 12:31 PM

    No question on Paterno greatness as a football coach and that area is untouchable. But that was his job (i wish i had) and a priviledged job. My dentist has taken care of my teeth for 20 years and I consider him great in his field and lucky to have him.

    Paterno’s greatness as a human came when he had a chance to save children from harm and he failed. Now before you give a thumbs down …just try…for a sec….one of the victims was your child.

    In life your biggest challenge is to do the right thing…the moral thing….above all else….above money….sports….fans…etc…

    This test will come to all of us and at all times in our life…..we just hope and pray that when our time comes we are ready to answer the call.

  92. frankiefh says: Jan 22, 2012 12:32 PM

    RIP JoePa and condolences to his family. But for those people say Joe died of a broken heart — you don’t know that. I can equally say he died of shame and guilt and would have no way of proving it. Joe was 85 yo and had lung cancer that is what took him. That’s what we know, but God knows the truth. God also knows how much Joe actually knew about Sandusky and the coverup. And i will say this — IMHO Joe did NOT do enough. He even said so.

  93. parkcityute says: Jan 22, 2012 12:37 PM

    blueglaze: I don’t post much at all, but read almost everything to try to follow college football the best I can out here in the Rockies.

    Obnoxious lives up to his name on numerous other threads about just about any and everything. He is an expert on everything, but it is far more sad that he would invade these genuine wishes of Rest in Peace for Coach JoePa and best for his family by college football fans from every conference, team, and even some in foreign countries.

    RIP JoePa. I really enjoyed so many games over many decades your teams played.

  94. drewsylvania says: Jan 22, 2012 12:37 PM

    Echoing what others have said, this whole thing is sad for about 25 different reasons.

    I think you have to take the whole person into perspective, as much as you can. His egregious mistake doesn’t eliminate his accomplishments as a person. Nor do his accomplishments eliminate his egregious mistake.

  95. randomguy9999 says: Jan 22, 2012 12:42 PM

    he closed his eyes to abuse of kids for decades… he got what he deserved….

  96. ofbcaas says: Jan 22, 2012 12:42 PM

    may you rest in peace Joe

  97. kirk1015a says: Jan 22, 2012 12:43 PM

    While I offer my condolences to the family of Mr. Paterno, when are we going t stop this male ego boosting fasination with SPORTS, (Mines bigger than yours). There is no reason this should be a leading story anywhere. More people can tell you who won the super bowl or world series 30 years ago, then can tell you who sighned the declaration of independance. What this man did was dispicable, he knew what was going on and did nothing. All becasue he didn’t want to harm precious football. In case people haven’t noticed we have more important things to worry about, like people finding jobs, and changing our goverment. This is why we can’t fix our county.

  98. orthomarine says: Jan 22, 2012 12:44 PM

    The builder was in the end the destructor

  99. crsponge says: Jan 22, 2012 1:00 PM

    @blackmike2 – I think they would hold them again, but JoePa might call a pass play instead of running the ball.
    In today’s game they say whoever has the ball last will probably win, but with those defenses, I wouldn’t want to be the team making the comeback.

  100. outlawjerseywhales says: Jan 22, 2012 1:04 PM

    crsponge says:Jan 22, 2012 11:16 AM

    “RIP JoePa. You will be missed.

    Sad irony how quickly he died after he was let go like Bear Bryant after he retired at Bama.

    I bet Bear and JoePa are already getting a rematch together of that 1978 Sugar Bowl.”
    ———————————————————-
    There are going to have to be alot of funerals of 50-ish year old men coming up soon to fill out those respective squads.

  101. stakex says: Jan 22, 2012 1:15 PM

    The only real shame here is that Paterno was able to take the easy way out. He didn’t have to live too long with the shame of having allowing little kids to be raped due to his in-action.

    Yes, it wasn’t him who was doing it and there were many others who could have stoped it… but that does not shift Paterno’s blame at all. I don’t give a damn one bit what good he might have done in his life…. no one gets a pass in allowing children to be raped, no matter how small their part. If anyone is honestly willing to defend Paterno, your just as sick as he was…. putting football in front of the safety of kids. It was sick when he did it, and its sick for anyone else to do it.

    In the end, I hope the last image going through Paternos head was that of the kids who were raped after he failed to do anything about it, and if that wasn’t the last thing going through his head… I sure hope he suffered a lot.

  102. debbiebear says: Jan 22, 2012 1:16 PM

    how anyone can have sympathy for a man who was complicit in the destruction of so many young lives is unbelievable.

    I have zero sympathy for this person….not even a man–someone to let this deplorable activity to continue…..he enjoyed a life of fulfillment of wealth and fame having people idolize him………..

    at the cost of the rape and destruction of LITTLE BOYS!!!

    Rest in peace is something this guy does not deserve.

  103. takingbovadasmoney says: Jan 22, 2012 1:56 PM

    Sorry he died, but part of his legacy is the fact he never saw to it that Sandusky was charged when he found out about the rape. Legally he was probably covered by going to the VP of Penn State that oversaw the DPS, but morally he became bankrupt. When the university did not proceed, he should have. Go over their heads, go to the press. His failure to do so made his years of lecturing on the ethics of college athletics hollow. Can’t help but think his thoughts were about Penn State, himself, and the football program. He had a chance to be a leader, be a man of ethics who practiced what he preached when this incident occurred, but he chose not to.

  104. blueinok says: Jan 22, 2012 2:03 PM

    burntoranehorn said it best in his first post. Just waiting to see if McQueary has the gall to give a tribute to Coach Paterno.
    Rest in Peace coach, my condolences and prayers to the Paterno family.

  105. jdillydawg says: Jan 22, 2012 2:25 PM

    Sadly, Paterno’s legacy will be that he failed to do more for the kids that were molested. Fact is, Paterno did amazing things for football, Penn St., and college athletics. Those achievements should not go unrecognized.

    Yes, children were hurt and that is deplorable. But thousands are better because of his work, too. Do we ignore the good and only focus on mistakes? If so, we are all doomed.

    Seems to me that them Baptists feel like we are all sinners, but some sinners are more equal than others.

  106. tomilvento says: Jan 22, 2012 2:46 PM

    I was saddened to read Michael Ventre’s column. In my mind it was cheap shot on the day that Joe Paterno died. It was in poor taste.

    Rest in peace Joe Paterno. You had a great impact on my life and I will be forever grateful.

  107. wereoutoftoiletpaper says: Jan 22, 2012 2:48 PM

    It wasn’t the cancer that killled him. It was all the judgemental bastards like the ones commenting here. Nobody really knows exactly what the circumstances were when Joe decided that the incident would be handled by someone else regarding the shower incident, but to castigate this man in the vile terms used here is even lower and more cowardly than anything he may have done. None of you will ever be half the man he was.

  108. inconsonance says: Jan 22, 2012 3:30 PM

    The insane level of misguided vitriol and utter ignorance in this comment thread is easily more offensive than Paterno’s supposed lack of action for which some of you are condemning him to an eternity of suffering. To those of you who’ve taken the time to denigrate a man whose accomplishments as either a man or a coach by far outweigh all that you’ve accomplished in aggregate, I suggest that you take inventory of all the good that you’ve done and compare it to the voluminous amount of great things that happened in the six decades Coach Paterno was affiliated with Penn State. Only then can you realize how truly insignificant your contributions to the world are.

    You lot of detractors are bigger assholes than I could ever aspire to be, and that takes effort. Instead of using said effort to furiously wail away at your Cheeto and semen stained keyboards to produce monosyllabic pseudo-paragraphs rife with misspellings and opinionated, nonsensical rhetoric based on an incomplete understanding of a highly complex situation, perhaps you should do something that will benefit the world – kill yourselves.

  109. takingbovadasmoney says: Jan 22, 2012 3:31 PM

    “failed to do more for the kids that were molested…” Are you serious? He didn’t press the issue 10 years ago when he was told what happened. When nothing was done by the people he reported it to, what did he do? Nothing. Let it be. Let Jerry child raping Sandusky continue to use Penn State athletic facilities (if joepa didn’t want him their he wouldn’t have been allowed). JoePa had years to right his wrong and chose not to by inaction.

  110. Deb says: Jan 22, 2012 3:33 PM

    Deepest condolences to the Paterno family, the Penn State family, his colleagues and players.

  111. rtw1 says: Jan 22, 2012 5:26 PM

    I read a comment on another page of someone wanting to launch piss balloons at the Baptist protestors should they have the indecency and stupidity to picket his funeral. What a great idea!

    Joe will be long remembered for all the good he did for everyone involved in his life. And after watching the tribute to Joe today on ESPN, his legacy is already being defined. Everyone knows Joe is not the one who should bear this load. The board knew about this issue and used Joe as the scape goat. Threw him right under the bus. They should have stuck by him and made a decision after the trial. Sandusky and the Board members must and should feel like sh**! What a buch of crap!

  112. tdbklyn says: Jan 22, 2012 6:17 PM

    Goodbye to a man who allowed the sexual abuse of young boys to go on for decades, all to protect his INTERESTS, his COLLEGE, his INCOME, and his LEGACY. All for naught, because any decent person would not give an ounce of sympathy for his passing. A great man?!? How many of his defenders would praise his ‘legacy’ if it was them, or someone they loved, that he allowed to be molested? And for those of you that are still unsure about his complicity in the 12+ year cover-up…you’re a f&ckin idiot, but don’t waste time reading more blogs, you have to start preparing for the next Michael Jackson memorial.

  113. rtw1 says: Jan 22, 2012 6:22 PM

    @tdbklyn

    You are an ass!

  114. ladylike56 says: Jan 22, 2012 8:47 PM

    If Paterno had just stood up and faced the music…admitted he covered it up for whatever reason…it might not be so bad for him…but for a man who self-righteously preached character and leadership to fail so miserably when faced with a real issue beyond the inconsequence of his silly football program..failed himself and the kids…I’m sorry, but the hate is well deserved..if not for the sake of those unforesaken children.

  115. gmsingh says: Jan 23, 2012 7:16 AM

    There is only one way to describe the JoePa supporters here: stupid. The Catholic Church looked the other way for decades while children were being molested, but attach it to a college football program and it’s no big deal? Anybody coming out in support of Paterno should volunteer to get the Sandusky treatment first, and report back afterwards.

  116. woebegong says: Jan 23, 2012 7:40 AM

    I am just curious as to how old you are. You put two disjointed sentences in your rave and call supporters of Paterno stupid, and then put in a statement about the catholic church and somehow that justifies calling people that also remember what he has done for a lot of young people and aren’t as judgmental about a person or group of people as you seem to be. Paterno never got his day in court, mostly because he was never charged with a crime. Sadly, now, we may never know how complicit he may or may not have been in all this.
    I am from the south so I really don’t have any dog in the fight, so to speak, but I do remember the legacy of what he has done,and yes, he did make mistakes. Sadly, he was not perfect like you evidently think you are, but he did a great deal more good than bad, by all measures as far as I can see.

  117. juniorbarnes says: Jan 23, 2012 9:37 AM

    Rest in peace Joseph Vincent Paterno , the football coach. But…. rot in hell Joseph Vincent Paterno the sick, SOB who knowingly allowed young boys to be raped countless times as he turned his cheek and did nothing all those years. You took the easy way out of the legal actions you were to face by dying. You filthy POS. Being a good coach doesn’t give you the right to be a horrible human being…..

  118. florida727 says: Jan 23, 2012 1:10 PM

    “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone…” – John 8:7 (ESV)

    Pretty easy to criticize when you’re perfect, isn’t it?

    Face it, the guy made a mistake, and innocent children suffered as a result of it. He admitted he was wrong. Should Paterno be blameless? No. Should all of his accomplishments be now considered worthless? Also, no.

    All of you condemning him for his inaction in the Sandusky scandal, look in a mirror.

    Paterno should be considered neither a villain or a hero. He was a man. He had a positive impact on hundreds, and unfortunately could have done even more to prevent a few others from what happened to them.

  119. comeonnowguys says: Jan 23, 2012 3:44 PM

    “The insane level of misguided vitriol and utter ignorance in this comment thread is easily more offensive than Paterno’s supposed lack of action for which some of you are condemning him to an eternity of suffering. To those of you who’ve taken the time to denigrate a man whose accomplishments as either a man or a coach by far outweigh all that you’ve accomplished in aggregate, I suggest that you take inventory of all the good that you’ve done and compare it to the voluminous amount of great things that happened in the six decades Coach Paterno was affiliated with Penn State. Only then can you realize how truly insignificant your contributions to the world are.

    You lot of detractors are bigger assholes than I could ever aspire to be, and that takes effort. Instead of using said effort to furiously wail away at your Cheeto and semen stained keyboards to produce monosyllabic pseudo-paragraphs rife with misspellings and opinionated, nonsensical rhetoric based on an incomplete understanding of a highly complex situation, perhaps you should do something that will benefit the world – kill yourselves.”

    Dear Captain Thesaurus:

    You cannot jump in the mud, play with the pigs, and then call everyone else dirty. It cuts the legs off of your high horse.

  120. woebegong says: Jan 23, 2012 3:54 PM

    Oh come on, quit sugar coating it and tell them how you really feel. Darn, I hate a person that beats around the bush, LOL.

  121. florida727 says: Jan 23, 2012 4:30 PM

    bdawk20 says:
    Jan 22, 2012 11:18 AM

    Please refrain from making comments and assessments about anything tied to “religion”. It’s obviously a subject you’re not very well versed in. If you think God rank-orders “sin”, I’d like to know which Biblical verse backs that up. (Let me help you… there isn’t one.) Likewise, for the Paterno apologists, if you think he’s in heaven because he was a “good guy”, guess again. Only one way to get there folks, and it doesn’t have anything to do with football.

  122. olskool711 says: Jan 23, 2012 4:50 PM

    He made 1 mistake.

    1

    There is no excuse. And, he has had to pay for that mistake in a way that is unmeasurable.

    He was confronted with something that would destroy everything he worked for. He panicked and avoided it.

    There were only two ways to deal with it.

    He made the wrong choice. Both choices left him with his legacy and work forever tarnished. But, the one he chose left us all to blame him for the actions of the pervert since the cover up. Not only did he panic but he was a victim of the culture of silence that says you don’t talk about this. For years people have shoved this stuff in the closet. For years the Catholic Church fed the culture of silence. Joe panicked and made the wrong choice. Either way his legacy was fried.

    From what I can see, he made one mistake.

    And, all the good seems like it is washed away.

    Its a shame.

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