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Penn State’s Joe Paterno Dies

January 22, 2012 by staff 

Penn State’s Joe Paterno Dies, Perhaps the most ironic element when looking at the way Joe Paterno lost his job as Penn State’s football coach after 46 seasons is that as a young man, he had his eyes set on law school. Joe Paterno coached Penn State for 46 seasons and won 409 games before being fired in November.

The fallout in 2011 from the child sex-abuse scandal involving Jerry Sandusky, who was an assistant on Paterno’s Penn State staff until 1999, prompted the university’s Board of Trustees to fire Paterno, then 84, with three games left in the regular season.

Paterno, who died Sunday at 85, was criticized for not going to law enforcement in 2002 once he was told by then-graduate assistant Mike McQueary that McQueary had seen Sandusky allegedly sexually abusing a young boy in a shower on campus.

“I didn’t know exactly how to handle it and I was afraid to do something that might jeopardize what the university procedure was,” Paterno told The Washington Post in January 2012 in the only interview he gave after the scandal broke. “So I backed away and turned it over to some other people, people I thought would have a little more expertise than I did. It didn’t work out that way.”

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