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Penn State Coach Joe Paterno Dies At 85

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What a sad end to his life.

Former Penn State University coach Joe Paterno died Sunday morning just two months after being diagnosed with lung cancer.

As we all know by now, after 46 years of coaching at Penn State, Joe was fired last November following the sexual abuse scandal involving his former assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky.

His family released the following statement:

"He died as he lived. He fought hard until the end, stayed positive, thought only of others and constantly reminded everyone of how blessed his life had been. His ambitions were far reaching, but he never believed he had to leave this Happy Valley to achieve them. He was a man devoted to his family, his university, his players and his community."

The Penn State Board of Trustees and University President Rodney Erickson also released a statement:

"We grieve for the loss of Joe Paterno, a great man who made us a greater university. His dedication to ensuring his players were successful both on the field and in life is legendary and his commitment to education is unmatched in college football. His life, work and generosity will be remembered always."

R.I.P.

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