Joe Paterno dies at age 85

Monday, January 23, 2012 - 3:19pm

BATON ROUGE, La. (WGMB) – Former Penn State coach Joe Paterno has died from lung cancer. He was 85.

Paterno had been in the hospital since January 13 for what the family called minor complications from his cancer treatments. Saturday, doctors characterized his condition as serious.

Paterno was the head football coach at Penn State for 46 years. He was fired in November in the aftermath of the child sexual abuse scandal that rocked the university. Just a few days later, Paterno was diagnosed with lung cancer.

As head coach, Paterno won 409 games, the most in division one college football history. He took Penn State to 37 bowl games and won two national championships.


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