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Joe Paterno, Penn State`s former head football coach of more than 45 years, has passed away at the age of 85 from lung cancer. JoePa has been in the hospital due to complications from his cancer treatment and today has proven to be a very, very sad day in history.
JoePa was recently in the news in connection to the Jerry Sandusky scandal. He retired in light of the scandal, even though he did nothing wrong (it was media pressure more than anything), but the University fired him anyway (a move which has probably done more bad than good). A few days later, news about his lung cancer diagnosis surfaced. At least now, if nothing else, he is no longer suffering.
JoePa recently became the most winningest Division 1 football coach of ALL TIME with 409 wins. He won national championship titles, numerous bowl games, conference titles, and has a number of undefeated seasons to his name. But he was more than just football - he lived for the University. He donated enough money to quadruple the size of the library. He donated money even after he was fired. He always made sure to give back to the school. This year alone, the University ranked number one in athlete academics in the country, proving once and for all that not only did JoePa do a lot for football, but that he cared deeply about the academics and learning that went on at the school as well.
This is a sad, sad time in State College now and it`s been an undeniably rough year for everyone. There is no doubt, however, the Joe Paterno was a truly wonderful man who accomplished and did great things. He is a true legend. He leaves behind his wife Sue (SuePa), five children, and seventeen grandchildren.
Rest in peace, JoePa.