Joe Paterno died of lung cancer surrounded by family members yesterday, just over two months after he was fired as Pennsylvania State University’s football coach, ending a record-setting 46-year run in which he collected 409 wins and two national championships. He was 85.
Joe Paterno was told to shut up by the school he’s helped make a college football power. A day later, Paterno said he’s leaving as the record-setting coach at Penn State University and wished he had done more to stop a child-sex scandal involving one of his former assistants.
Penn State fired football coach Joe Paterno and university President Graham B. Spanier four days after former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was charged with sexually assaulting boys in the school’s athletic complex.
Joe Paterno sat in his kitchen one morning in March 2002 as a graduate assistant described a locker-room shower encounter he saw between a boy and a longtime friend and colleague of Penn State University’s football coach. Paterno slumped in his chair, “shocked and saddened,” according to court testimony.
Joe Paterno’s alma mater, Brown University, has permanently stripped his name from an annual athletics award after an investigation found Paterno and other Penn State University officials concealed a child sexual abuse scandal involving a former assistant football coach.