Fired Penn State coach Joe Paterno dead at 85

Joe Paterno, who racked up more wins than anyone else in major college football but was fired from Penn State amid a child sex abuse scandal has died. He was 85.

November 6, 2010; University Park, PA, USA: Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Joe Paterno is carried off the field after earning his 400th career victory by defeating the Northwestern Wildcats 35-21 at Beaver Stadium.Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USPRESSWIRE

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Joe Paterno, who racked up more wins than anyone else in major college football but was fired from Penn State amid a child sex abuse scandal has died. He was 85.

His family released a statement Sunday morning to announce his death.

Paterno's son Scott announced Nov. 18 that his father was being treated for lung cancer, which was diagnosed in mid-November during a follow-up visit for a bronchial illness.

The storied career of "JoePa" included 409 wins in 46 seasons and two national championships.

But his reputation for success with honor was shattered when a former assistant was charged with molesting 10 boys during a 15-year span, including some in the Penn State athletic complex.

Critics said Paterno should have done more to stop it. He was fired Nov. 9.

In all, Paterno guided five teams to unbeaten, untied seasons.


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