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Remembering Joe Paterno

By on January 23rd, 2012

In the year 1950, a relatively unknown former Ivy League football player joined the staff at Penn State University as an assistant coach. Promoted to head coach in 1966, Joeseph Vincent Paterno worked tirelessly to build a legacy that would forever change the perception of Penn St., both as a hub of athletic achievement and academic honor. However, the legacy he worked so many years to cultivate came crashing down around him last November, leaving a college town, it’s fans, and a University forever tainted. On Sunday, at the age of 85, Joe Paterno passed away from complications of his cancer treatment, leaving behind his wife, five children and seventeen grandchildren. University of Florida Department of Journalism Associate Professor, Ted Spiker, says Paterno will be remembered as a legend, but not without a major fault. (click here for more of the story)

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