Update: STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – Family says Joe Paterno, winningest coach in major college football, has died.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – Joe Paterno, who racked up more wins than anyone else in major college football but was fired from Penn State amid a child sex abuse scandal has died. He was 85.
His family released a statement Sunday morning to announce his death.
Paterno’s son Scott announced Nov. 18 that his father was being treated for lung cancer, which was diagnosed in mid-November during a follow-up visit for a bronchial illness.
The storied career of “JoePa” included 409 wins in 46 seasons and two national championships.
But his reputation for success with honor was shattered when a former assistant was charged with molesting 10 boys during a 15-year span, including some in the Penn State athletic complex.
Critics said Paterno should have done more to stop it. He was fired Nov. 9.
In all, Paterno guided five teams to unbeaten, untied seasons.
All I’ll say is where there’s smoke there’s usually a fire!
According to his family the former Penn State head football coach is in serious condition after experiencing health complications. The college football legend has been in the hospital since January 13th after suffering minor complications from the cancer treatments he’s receiving.
Overnight… Devon Edwards managing editor of Onward State a student-run news organization that covers Penn State resigned from his position after a Twitter message was posted on Onward’s account saying former coach Joe Paterno had died.
Paterno’s sons Scott and Jay both refuted the reports of Paterno’s death via Twitter:
@JayPaterno: “I appreciate the support (and) prayers. Joe is continuing to fight.”
Onward State has since recanted their original Tweet announcing the death of Paterno who was diagnosed with cancer in November, days after getting ousted as head coach in the aftermath of the child sex abuse charges against former assistant Jerry Sandusky.
Former Onward State managing editor Devon Edwards stated in the letter that he takes responsibility and “never, in a million years, would have thought that Onward State would be cited by the national media.”
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