Legendary Penn State Coach Joe Paterno Dies at the Age of 85
Legendary Penn State football coach Joseph Vincent Paterno has died at a State College hospital in Pennsylvania at the age of 85. Paterno passed away at 9:25 a.m. ET Sunday morning with the official cause of death attributed to lung cancer. Paterno's death comes at a controversial time where his former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky faces 50 charges relating to the sexual molestation of underage boys. As a result, Paterno was fired as the Nittany Lions head coach by the school’s board of trustees. Although Paterno was not accused of any wrongdoing in the scandal, he was criticized for failing to report what he heard to police. In announcing his retirement, he said, “This is a tragedy. It is one of the great sorrows of my life. With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more."
During his nearly 50 years as head coach, Paterno racked up 409 wins, the most in Div. I history; a record 37 appearances in bowl games; and two national championships. Sadly, it appears as if his college football legacy will be marred by the sexual scandal that has recently surfaced.
RIP Coach Paterno 1926-2012