Former Penn State Head Football Coach, Joe Paterno, passed away at the age of 85 as a result of lung cancer.
Former Penn State Football Coach Joe Paterno Loses Battle With Lung Cancer.
At the age of 85, former Penn State, Pennsylvania Head Football Coach, Joe Paterno, passed away this (Sunday, January 22, 2012) morning as a result of lung cancer.
Paterno was fired from his head coaching position on November 9, 2011, as a result of allegations against him and former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. The program's reputation was ruined on that day when allegations arose that Sandusky had molested 10 boys over a 15-year span, with some of those occuring within the football training facilities. Paterno's firing occured because in 2002, a graduate student told Paterno the he saw Sandusky in the showers with a young boy, and Paternoa waited a day before alerting top school officials, but never contacted police about the situation.
Paterno had a reputation of being a no-nonsense coach, all while winning more games than any other coach. More than 250 of his players went to the NFL to play, while numerous others found success in other vocations.
Paterno's death came two months after his family announced he had a treatable form of lung cancer, and just over a week after he was hospitalized with what the family considered minor complications from his cancer treatments. Paterno's long-lasting legacy at Penn State will continue to live on after his death, as a result of his tremendous coaching record and relationships he formed over the years on campus.