Former Penn State Coach Joe Paterno Dies

By Dave Martin
Dave Martin
Dave Martin
Dave Martin is a New-York based writer as well as editor. He is the sports editor for the Epoch Times and is a consultant to private writers.
January 22, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
Joe Paterno, 85, passed away Sunday. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Joe Paterno, 85, passed away Sunday. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Joe Paterno, 85, passed away Sunday morning due to complications from lung cancer.

The former Penn State coach was the all-time leader in wins in Division I history with 409, was credited with a pair of national championships (1986 & 1994), and finished five of his 46 seasons with an undefeated record. In addition the man who turned Penn State’s football program in “Linebacker U” produced 27 consensus All-Americans, including nine linebackers.

Unfortunately for Paterno, his pristine legacy was tainted in the eyes of some for not doing enough when longtime former assistant Jerry Sandusky was charged with a number of crimes involving minors. Paterno, who was fired in November 2011, called the Sandusky situation “one of the great sorrows of my life.”

 

Dave Martin
Dave Martin is a New-York based writer as well as editor. He is the sports editor for the Epoch Times and is a consultant to private writers.