Penn State Icon, Former Coach, Joe Paterno Dead at 85

Joe Paterno has passed away, today, after false reports of his death spurred a vigil at his statue on Penn State’s campus last night. Paterno became the head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions football team in 1966. He was fired in November amid the scandal brought on by allegations of sexual abuse by former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. Joe Paterno won 409 games and two national championships as head coach of the Lions. He and his wife, Sue, donated more than $4 million to the university. Paterno was diagnosed with lung cancer in November and had been hospitalized since January 13th. He was 85. [CNN]

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