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Penn State’s tragedy compounded by the death of Joe Paterno
The news from State College seemingly couldn’t get any worse, but then came word of Joe Paterno’s death. The legendary coach of the Nittany Lions died over the weekend, after being hospitalized for complications from recently diagnosed lung cancer. But more than a few observers have suggested the real cause of death was a broken heart.
Joe Paterno Dies: Team arrives as campus farewell begins
Members of the Penn State football team and the athletic department have arrived at the campus faith center, where a viewing is being held Tuesday for Joe Paterno. The players wore dark suits and filed out of three blue Penn State buses — the same buses that once carried Paterno and the team to games on fall Saturdays.
Paterno’s Son: ‘He was serenely calm, even right up to the end’
Joe Paterno was upbeat and confident in his final days and didn’t die broken-hearted over his firing in November as Penn State’s longtime football coach, his son said yesterday. Scott Paterno said his Dad was “serenely calm,” before his death from lung cancer on Sunday, antsy to leave the hospital so he could start planning a vacation with his wife, Sue.
A Legend Passes: Photos, video, commentary on the life of Joe Paterno
One after another, they picked up their phones in far-off places like Florida and Washington or in nearby small towns of Pennsylvania to talk — not about a coach — but a man that former players viewed to be something closer to a father figure.
Passing of a legend: Paterno could be last of ilk in college football
There will never be another coaching career like Joe Paterno’s. His time at Penn State started long before coaches were pulling down multimillion dollar salaries, before fire so-and-so.com web sites and win-now-or-else attitudes at programs that have rarely contended for championships.
Jim Litke: Fired by telephone, Paterno deserved better
Joe Paterno had barely hung up the phone when his wife of 50 years picked it up and redialed the number scrawled on the slip of paper. "After 61 years," Sue Paterno said to the man who had just fired her husband, "he deserved better."
Paterno's ‘Grand Experiment’ in 1960s produced perfection
In the mid-1960s, there was no such thing as a Northeastern power in college football. Michigan State and Notre Dame dominated the Midwest. Bear Bryant's Alabama teams ruled the South. Out West, UCLA was at its best and USC was rising again. Then came Joe Paterno.
State mourns the passing of ‘JoePa’
Stunned by the rapid advance of his lung cancer and still reeling from the child-sex scandal that rocked the campus, Penn State students, professors and alumni mourned Joe Paterno on Sunday and expressed hope that he would be remembered more for the good he did than for his downfall.
Spokesman: Paterno in serious condition
Joe Paterno's doctors said that the former Penn State coach's condition had become "serious," following complications from lung cancer in recent days.
Paterno speaks out on PSU scandal
Joe Paterno speaks mostly in a whisper these days. His hand sometimes trembles. His thick black hair is gone; in its place is a wig. Sitting at his kitchen table in a wheelchair, a blanket rests in his lap. A broken pelvis has taken its toll, so have the constant radiation treatments for lung cancer.
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