Former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno dies at age 85
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno has lost his battle with lung cancer, dying this morning at age 85.
His death comes just two months after his family announced he had a treatable form of lung cancer, and a little more than a week after he was hospitalized with what his family called minor complications from his cancer treatments.
Paterno built a reputation for being a no-nonsense coach who graduated his players, all while winning more games than any other coach. The Nittany Lions compiled 409 wins, made 37 bowl game appearances and captured two national championships during their 46 seasons under Paterno. More than 250 of his players went to the NFL, and countless others found success in other vocations as Paterno's program lived under the credo "Success with Honor."
But the program's reputation was rocked in November, when allegations surfaced that former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky had molested 10 boys over a 15-year span, sometimes within the football training facilities. When a graduate student told Paterno in 2002 that he saw Sandusky in the showers with a young boy, Paterno waited a day before alerting school officials but never went to the police.
Penn State dismissed Paterno on Nov. 9, nine days before his son, Scott, announced that his father had lung cancer.