A sad and swift addendum to an already horrible story:

Joe Paterno, the iconic former Penn State football coach whose legend was tarnished when he was fired in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, has died, his family confirmed Sunday. He was 85.

Doctors had said Saturday that Paterno’s condition had become ”serious” in recent days after he experienced complications from lung cancer.

The winningest major-college football coach of all time with 409 victories and two national titles, Paterno was diagnosed shortly after Penn State’s Board of Trustees ousted him Nov. 9 following the child sex-abuse charges against Sandusky, his former assistant.

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4 Responses to “Fox Sports: Joe Paterno Has Died”

  1. Pasadena Phil on January 22nd, 2012 3:34 pm

    Cautionary tale for those who insist on hanging around forever. Go out a champion and move on. It's only a game.

    Also a cautionary tale for those who allow clingers to hang around forever. Just ask any community group like Masons, Elks, Rotary who are languishing in endless despair because no one has the heart to retire the secretary because it's the only thing "keeping him alive".

    Paterno's accomplishments are significant but 409 victories is the least of it. Two national championships and six perfect season was plenty and he could have retired with that. "All time winningest coach" diminished his legacy because in the end, he was an old man with questionable judgment. It didn't have to end that way.

  2. Doug on January 22nd, 2012 3:45 pm

    It's always preferable to walk away than to wait to be carried away.

  3. swede on January 22nd, 2012 8:28 pm

    It didn't have to end that way.

    Indeed. Could and should have gone out in glory with grace and style. Bobby Bowden was lucky he didn't get sucked into this kind of mess. He was losing it in the end as well.

    Servant to Ceasar: "All glory is fleeting."

  4. Hyperfobea on January 23rd, 2012 10:20 am

    Yeah, he did get a little carried away in turning a blind eye to homosexual abuse happening right under his nose. That says more about the character of the "man" than his "winningest" (what a stupid word) appeal.

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