22 January 2012

R.I.P. Joe Paterno

Joe Paterno, the winningest coach in the history of major college football, has died today due to complications from his lung cancer treatment.. He was 85 years old.

Paterno was the much-beloved and revered head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions for forty-six years and had been a part of the Penn State family since 1950. He amassed an incredible record of 409-136-3 and helped put PSU on the map. He won two national championships, 1982 and 1986, during his tenure in State College. The coach known as "Joe Pa" was renowned for for his teams' continued excellence in the classroom as well on the football field.

His tenure had come to a premature end when he was fired in the middle of the 2011 season at the height of the Jerry Sandusky scandal and his lack of action of reporting an accusation to the police. Paterno has come out afterwards and shown regret for not doing more.

And even as his tenure came to an unfortunate end, his name will live on not just at Penn State University but throughout the world of college football.

Joseph Vincent Paterno (December 21, 1926-January 21, 2012)

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