Joe Paterno

American college football coach Joe Paterno

Joseph Vincent "Joe" Paterno, sometimes referred to as "JoePa," was an American college football coach who was the head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions from 1966 until his dismissal in 2011. In November 2011, he was fired by the university as a result of the child sex abuse scandal at Penn State involving his former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.
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More details emerge on what Joe Paterno knew of Sandusky child rapes
Fox News - 5 months
A previously unreleased police report written 10 years after the most infamous incident in the Jerry Sandusky child rape scandal at Penn State revealed more evidence that Joe Paterno knew about his assistant coach’s horrific behavior before 2001.
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Police report contradicts Paterno claim
CNN - 5 months
A police report obtained by CNN bolsters evidence that legendary football coach Joe Paterno knew years before Jerry Sandusky's arrest that his longtime assistant might be sexually abusing children.
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Three ex-Penn State officials get jail in Sandusky child sex abuse coverup
Yahoo News - 9 months
Three former Pennsylvania State University officials were sentenced to jail on Friday for covering up ex-coach Jerry Sandusky's sexual predations and effectively letting him victimize more boys. In sentencing all three men for child endangerment, Judge John Boccabella in Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas also harshly criticized the late, revered football coach Joe Paterno for failing to alert authorities. Graham Spanier, 68, once the nation's highest-paid public university president, was ordered incarcerated for four to 12 months with two years probation.
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Joe Paterno’s Son Is Elected to Penn State’s Board of Trustees
NYTimes - 10 months
Jay Paterno has been a staunch defender of the legacy of his father, who was fired in 2011 as a result of the child-abuse scandal involving one of his former assistant coaches.
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'Proudest college moment' for DeAndre Levy: Joe Paterno's broken leg - ESPN
Google News - over 1 year
ESPN 'Proudest college moment' for DeAndre Levy: Joe Paterno's broken leg ESPN DeAndre Levy was involved in a play that broke former Penn State coach Joe Paterno's leg during a 2006 game when Wisconsin played the Nittany Lions. Now, the Detroit Lions linebacker said it was his "proudest moment in college" in a recent story in Men ... DeAndre Levy proud he broke “dirtbag” Joe Paterno's Thursday's P.M. Hot Clicks: Magda Zalejska; DeAndre Levy pulls no punchesSports Illustrated DeAndre Levy says his 'proudest college moment' is breaking Joe Paterno's legYahoo Sports USA TODAY -Detroit Free Press all 65 news articles »
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Boy seen in shower with Penn State's Sandusky to testify in retrial bid
Yahoo News - over 1 year
By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - A man who says he was the unidentified boy seen in 2001 in a shower with convicted sexual predator Jerry Sandusky is expected to tell a hearing on Friday that the former Penn State assistant football coach was a father figure who never molested him. The man, identified in court papers as "A.M.", or "Victim #2," will take the stand for the first time in the case, which led to Sandusky's 2012 conviction for molesting 10 boys. The ex-coach is now seeking a retrial, reviving a scandal that roiled Pennsylvania State University and the vaunted football program run by the legendary head coach Joe Paterno.
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Penn State stuns No. 2 Ohio State; top 25 CFB roundup
CBS News - over 1 year
Late blocked field goal leads to biggest win of the Nittany Lions' post-Joe Paterno era; Leonard Fournette sets record in big LSU win over Ole Miss
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Penn State fans cheer, protesters turn backs during Paterno tribute
ABC News - over 1 year
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Penn State fans gave a standing ovation after the first of the university's three videos honoring the late Joe Paterno, while some Temple fans in the upper deck turned their backs in protest. One red-lettered sign, behind the Owls fans, said, "He turned his back. We'll turn ours." To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Paterno's first game as head coach -- a 15-7 win over Maryland on Sept. 17, 1966 -- Penn State decided to honor the longtime coach with several videos "on the impact to student-athletes" and by having two co-captains from his first team participate in the coin toss before Saturday's 34-27 win. The first video aired during a break early in the second quarter. Beaver Stadium announcer Dean DeVore directed an announced 100,420 fans' attention to two high-definition video boards for a two-minute video featuring highlights of Paterno's career. As soon as Paterno's familiar image --.....
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Tribute to Paterno sparks protest
Yahoo News - over 1 year
Tributes to the late, disgraced coach Joe Paterno, sacked in 2011 amid the Jerry Sandusky pedophilia scandal that rocked Penn State University, sparked protests on Saturday. The university paid tribute to Paterno at an American football game attended by more than 100,000 in State College, Pennsylvania, where the Nittany Lions defeated visiting Temple 34-27 on the 50th anniversary of Paterno's first game as Penn State's head coach. Video tributes to Paterno, who died in 2012 at age 85, received a standing ovation from Penn State fans.
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Joe Paterno tribute ignites positive and negative passions
LATimes - over 1 year
Penn State marked the 50th anniversary of the late Joe Paterno’s first game as head football coach Saturday, introducing former players and displaying video tributes at the Nittany Lions’ game against Temple. When images of the coach were shown on the stadium scoreboard during one video, the crowd...
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Joe Paterno tribute ignites positive and negative passions
LATimes - over 1 year
Penn State marked the 50th anniversary of the late Joe Paterno’s first game as head football coach Saturday, introducing former players and displaying video tributes at the Nittany Lions’ game against Temple. When images of the coach were shown on the stadium scoreboard during one video, the crowd...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Joe Paterno
  • 2012
    On July 14, 2012 The New York Times reported that in January 2011, Paterno opened "surprise" negotiations to prematurely end his contract with an additional $3 million early retirement payout, prior to public knowledge of the scandal.
    On July 23, 2012, the NCAA vacated all of Penn State's wins from 1998 through 2011 as part of its punishment for the child sex abuse scandal, eliminating 111 of the games Paterno had coached and won, dropping him from first to 12th on the list of winningest NCAA football coaches.
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    An investigation conducted by former FBI director Louis Freeh concluded in July 2012 that Paterno concealed facts relating to Sandusky's sexual abuse of young boys.
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    However, on July 23, 2012, NCAA rulings officially vacated 111 of Paterno's wins based on the findings of the Freeh report regarding his involvement in the Penn State sex abuse scandal.
    Paterno's funeral was held in State College on January 25, 2012.
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    On January 13, 2012, Paterno was hospitalized in State College for complications relating to his cancer treatment, and he remained there until his death nine days later on January 22, 2012.
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    All of their children are Penn State graduates, and Jay Paterno was the quarterbacks coach at Penn State until his departure following the hiring of new head coach Bill O'Brien on January 7, 2012.
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  • 2011
    Sandusky continued to have access to the university's athletic facilities until his arrest in November 2011.
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    A 2011 grand jury investigation reported that then-graduate assistant Mike McQueary told Paterno in 2002 (prosecutors later amended the date to 2001) that he had seen Sandusky abusing a 10-year-old boy in Penn State football's shower facilities.
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    After the child sex abuse scandal involving his former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky broke in full in November 2011, Paterno announced that he would retire at the end of the season.
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    In November 2011, Scott Paterno reported that his father had a treatable form of lung cancer.
    No surgery was required, but Paterno began the 2011 regular season schedule in a wheelchair.
    Paterno was injured again in August 2011, after colliding with a player during practice.
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    The New American Foundation ranked Penn State No. 1 in its 2011 Academic Bowl Championship Series.
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    Ultimately, the board rejected Paterno's offer to resign at the end of the 2011 season, but faced with hate mail and a threat of a defamation lawsuit by Paterno's family, it agreed to give Paterno and his family the $5.5 million package, which included additional perks for the family, including the use of the athletic department's hydrotherapy facilities by his widow.
    By August 2011, Paterno and his attorneys had reached a deal with the PSU Board for a total package worth $5.5 million including: a $3 million cash payout, forgiveness of a $350,000 interest-free loan issued by the university, the use of a private box at Beaver Stadium and a private jet for 25 years, if he agreed the 2011 season would be his last.
    Although his contract was not up for negotiation until the end of 2011, Paterno initiated negotiations with his superiors to amend his contract in January 2011, the same month he was notified of the police investigation.
    His career ended with his dismissal from the team in November, 2011 as a result of the Penn State child sex abuse scandal.
  • 2010
    Also in 2010, the Big Ten Conference established the Stagg-Paterno Championship Trophy as the annual trophy to be awarded to the winner of the conference football championship. However, on November 14, 2011, the trophy name was changed to the Stagg Championship Trophy in light of the Sandusky child abuse scandal.
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    In 2010, the Maxwell Football Club of Philadelphia established the Joseph V. Paterno Award, to be awarded annually to the college football coach "who has made a positive impact on his university, his players and his community."
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  • 2009
    In 2009, Paterno was named to Sporting News list of the 50 greatest coaches of all time (MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, college basketball, and college football).
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  • 2007
    Paterno was inducted on December 4, 2007, and officially enshrined in a ceremony held July 19, 2008.
    As a result of his injuries, he was unable to travel to the induction ceremonies in New York City and the National Football Foundation announced that he would instead be inducted as a part of the Hall of Fame class of 2007.
  • 2006
    However, on November 4, 2006 he was injured during a sideline collision during a game against Wisconsin.
    On May 16, 2006, Paterno was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame after the National Football Foundation decided to change its rules and allow any coach over the age of 75 to be eligible for the Hall of Fame instead of having to wait until retirement.
    He was paid $490,638 in 2006. "I'm paid well, I'm not overpaid," Paterno said during an interview with reporters Wednesday before the salary disclosure. "I got all the money I need".
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    Paterno was accused of "making light of sexual assault" in 2006 by the National Organization for Women which called for his resignation, though Penn State later categorized this incident as being "taken out of context" and never seriously considered asking for Paterno's resignation.
  • 2005
    Paterno announced in a speech in Pittsburgh on May 12, 2005, that he would consider retirement if the 2005 football team had a disappointing season. "If we don't win some games, I've got to get my rear end out of here", Paterno said in a speech at the Duquesne Club. "Simple as that". However, Penn State finished the season with a record of 11–1 and were champions of the Big Ten in 2005.
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  • 2004
    Paterno was also a close friend of President Gerald R. Ford, and introduced President George W. Bush at a campaign rally before the 2004 presidential election.
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  • 2000
    As Penn State football struggled from 2000 to 2004, with an overall 26–33 record in those years, Paterno became the target of criticism from some Penn State faithful.
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  • 1998
    All wins dating back to 1998 were vacated, the year Paterno was first informed of Sandusky's suspected child abuse.
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    Penn State was fined $60 million, stripped of 40 total scholarships from 2013 to 2017, banned from postseason play until 2016 and vacated all 112 of its wins dating back to 1998.
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  • 1995
    In 1995, Paterno apologized for a tirade directed at Rutgers then-head coach Doug Graber at the end of a nationally televised game.
  • 1993
    After Penn State joined the Big Ten Conference in 1993, the Nittany Lions under Paterno won the Big Ten championship three times (1994, 2005 and 2008), with the last two of those still awaiting official restoration to the record.
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  • 1988
    Paterno was a political conservative and a personal friend of President George H. W. Bush, endorsing him as a candidate in a speech at the 1988 Republican National Convention.
  • 1982
    The team won two national championships—in 1982 and 1986.
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  • 1966
    Paterno was known for his gameday image—thick glasses, rolled-up dress slacks (by his admission, to save on cleaning bills), white socks and Brooklyn-tinged speech. Reflecting the growth in Penn State's stature during his tenure, Beaver Stadium was expanded six times during his tenure, increasing in size from 46,284 in 1966 to 106,572 in 2001.
  • 1964
    Paterno was promoted to associate coach, the top assistant, in June 1964, and when Engle announced his retirement in February 1966, Paterno was named his successor the next day.
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  • 1962
    While serving as an assistant coach, Paterno met freshman coed Suzanne Pohland, an English literature honors student, at the campus library. Paterno and Pohland, a Latrobe native 13 years his junior, married in 1962, the year she graduated.
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  • 1950
    Although his father asked, "For God's sake, what did you go to college for?" after hearing of his career choice, Paterno joined Rip Engle as an assistant coach at Penn State in 1950; Engle had coached five seasons, 1944–1949, at Brown.
    Paterno graduated as an English literature major in 1950 and had been accepted into Boston University School of Law, which he had planned to attend before deciding to coach at Penn State.
  • 1946
    Paterno spent a year in the Army before being discharged in time to start the 1946 school year at Brown University where his tuition was paid by Busy Arnold.
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  • 1944
    In 1944, Paterno graduated from the old Brooklyn Preparatory School.
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  • 1926
    Paterno was born December 21, 1926, in Brooklyn, New York, and throughout his life he spoke with a marked Brooklyn accent.
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