January 21st, 2012 at 9:07 PM ^

Your memory will never be forgotten.  thank you for your dedication to the sport we love so much.  May God bless your soul, give peace and confort to your family, and forgive you for all your sins. 

To Penn State Family:  We all share your grief and pain.  May God fill the void that you all must have right now.


January 22nd, 2012 at 1:10 AM ^

1. Religion is an inappropriate topic for this board.  Minor references to deities are apparently acceptable, but imploring one's skyman to "bless your soul, give peace and confort [sic] to your family, and forgive you for all your sins" is going too far.

2. Religion is an inappropriate topic for this board.  (See 1, above.)

3. Equality, bitch.  Equality.


January 21st, 2012 at 9:00 PM ^

that spanned more than a decade and led to incalcuable pain for dozens of people.  

I know he did a lot of very good things, and I know respect for the dead and all that,but we shouldn't minimize the enormity of his "mistake" just because he's passed away.  It's as much a part of his legacy (if not moreso), than all the unquestionably good things he did. 

Fresh Meat

January 21st, 2012 at 8:58 PM ^

People close to him said he was afraid of quitting because he thought if he didn't have coaching to live for he might die.  Sad to see that seems possibly true. 

Bando Calrissian

January 21st, 2012 at 8:59 PM ^

I choose to remember Joe Paterno for the small, dumpy agricultural college in the middle of nowhere that he turned into a major research university drawing 100,000 people for a football game, the countless lives he touched, the players he molded, and the family he raised.

There is a time and place to rehash the tragedy of Jerry Sandusky and his role within it, but this isn't it.


January 21st, 2012 at 9:04 PM ^

This news really upset me.  He has been coaching since day one of most of our lives.  Sad sad way to go out.  I will always respect him and look back on the goods and not this last year.  Poor old guy.


January 21st, 2012 at 9:06 PM ^

God yelled at him to come to heaven the exact way he yelled "come to Penn State!!" in those Big 10 commercials. He is a legend.

EDIT: Maybe he told him to wait and hang out a while....


January 21st, 2012 at 9:05 PM ^

That really stinks.  I had no idea at the time, but I saw his final game as PSU's coach against Illinois.  It was an amazing game in a weird October snowstorm.  What JoePa did for Penn State was nothing less than amazing.  He will be missed by all of college football.

Drew Sharp

January 21st, 2012 at 9:07 PM ^

How quickly it all happens. We all knew it'd be fast after retirement, but this fast? Man oh man. I hope his wife is in good health. At that age, a lot of times spouses follow close behind. Thoughts and prayers with all the Paterno family


January 21st, 2012 at 9:08 PM ^


He made one mistake. Yes, he should have gone to the cops, and he'll forever be tarnished by the incident for all time. We'll always associate him with Sandusky, and the PSU scandal, forever. But don't let that detract you from his coaching prowess, or the fact that he was a worthy adversary in the Big 10 for a prolonged period of time. He was an iconic coach, brought down by a scandal that he indirectly partook in. 

RIP Joe. 


January 21st, 2012 at 9:08 PM ^

Very sad to see his condition worsen over the last several years. Brings back tragic memories of Bo. College football lost another legend that helped shape the game into the greatest sport in the country, in my opinion.