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May 17, 1987 | THOMAS FERRARO, United Press International
Joe Paterno shifts uncomfortably on the couch of his office at Penn State University and makes a confession about his holier-than-thou image. "It scares the heck out of me," booms the hallowed football coach. "Because I know I'm not that clean. Nobody is that clean." "I don't want to appear to be any more than I am," says Paterno, now speaking in a near whisper. "And that's a good, hard-working coach who is a decent guy, a family guy, who doesn't want to cheat." "I lose my temper sometimes.
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March 12, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys, misses family meals and playing with his grandchildren, but has largely stayed upbeat and hopeful in prison, his wife said in a television interview. Dottie Sandusky, 71, appearing on NBC's "Today" on Wednesday defended her husband of 37 years when asked by host Matt Lauer if she still believes that he's innocent. "I definitely believe him," she said. "He's not guilty of these horrific crimes.
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September 1, 2012 | By Chris Dufresne
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- It was sort of surreal standing next to Joe Paterno's grave here not far from Beaver Stadium. It was nothing like what you imagined Paterno's final resting place would be. It was across the street from a golf course -- Paterno didn't play golf. He is buried in Spring Creek Presbyterian Cemetery (established 1794). Paterno was raised Catholic. Finding Paterno took some time. There were no tour guides pointing the way. In fact, a lady at a local store told a visiting reporter the cemetery was closed to the public.
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October 25, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
Joe Paterno and Bobby Bowden were legends and friends and headed for train-wreck finishes. There was no easy way to extricate themselves from the Penn State and Florida State kingdoms they ruled, so both men decided to hold on until fate intervened. It did, and it was ugly. Bowden was 80 in 2009 when he got fired. He wanted one more year after another 7-6 season, but was forced out by school President T. K Wetherell, who had been coached by Bowden at Florida State. Paterno was a month shy of 85 in 2011 when he got fired under unimaginable circumstances.
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July 13, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Legendary former Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden says Penn State should remove the statue of Joe Paterno because the statue will be a constant reminder of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Bowden made the comments in a radio interview with Cory Giger in State College, Pa. "Should his statue be removed? In my opinion, yes," Bowden said. "Now the reason is, Penn State's job now is to try to forget this thing. But every time somebody walks by and sees that statue, they're not going to remember the 80 good years, they're going to remember this thing with Sandusky.
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May 23, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Joe Paterno accrued a state pension worth $13.4 million during his coaching career at Penn State, a family spokesman said. Paterno's widow, Sue, will receive an initial payment of $10.1 million by the end of May, with the rest to be paid out over the next two years. The calculations were made through the standard formula for anyone in the State Employees' Retirement System, according to his family. Paterno never began drawing his pension. Paterno died in January at age 85, weeks after he was dismissed amid child abuse accusations involving an assistant coach.
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September 1, 2012 | By Chris Dufresne
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Penn State's initial first half post-Joe Paterno went pretty well. The Nittany Lions took a 14-3 lead into the tunnel, twice. The Nittany Lions jumped the gun (literally) when they started running off the field thnking the half was over. The players had to return because Ohio had called a timeout with three seconds left. Penn State fans booed. Bobcats quarterback Tyler Tettleton ran a stat-padding play on fourth down, and then the half was really over.
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September 1, 2012 | By Mike Hiserman
Though things definitely aren't the same, many things looked the same in State College, Pa., on Saturday as Penn State opened its football season against Ohio. For one, a Paterno was watching. Sue Paterno, the widow of the late Joe Paterno, reportedly arrived at Beaver Stadium with another family member about 15 minutes before kickoff, entering through an employee entrance. This is the first game at Penn State without a Paterno on the coaching staff since 1949. Joe Paterno was fired in November after 46 seasons as head coach in the wake of the arrest of former assistant Jerry Sandusky on child molestation charges.
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August 15, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Joe Paterno cried the day after a late-night phone call by the Penn State board of trustees ended his 46-year career as the Nittany Lions' head coach. "My name," Paterno told his son Jay. "I have spent my whole life trying to make that name mean something. And now it's gone. " Paterno cried continually that day. Sometimes the late coach "sobbed uncontrollably," according to the upcoming biography, "Paterno," by Joe Posnanski. GQ magazine features excerpts in its September issue.
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September 8, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
"We're in hell right now, gentlemen. Believe me. And we can stay here, get the [expletive] kicked out of us. Or, we can fight our way back, into the light. We can climb out of hell. One inch at a time. " Those words might still work in actor Al Pacino's potential movie project. That now-famous inspirational speech was delivered by Pacino, who played football coach Tony D'Amato in the 1999 movie "Any Given Sunday. " But this news possible film would be about Saturdays, not Sundays.
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July 30, 2013 | Staff and wire reports
Penn State's ex-president and two former top school administrators were ordered by a Harrisburg, Pa., judge Tuesday to stand trial on charges accusing them of a cover-up in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. Prosecutors showed enough evidence during a two-day preliminary hearing to warrant a trial for ex-president Graham Spanier , former vice president Gary Schultz and ex-athletic director Tim Curley , District Judge William Wenner concluded. Wenner called it "a tragic day for Penn State University.
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July 30, 2013 | By Benjamin Mueller
Penn State's former president and two other top school officials were ordered by a Pennsylvania judge Tuesday to stand trial on charges that they covered up the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse. After two days of preliminary hearings, Harrisburg District Judge William Wenner ordered a criminal trial to be held for the university's former president, Graham Spanier, its former vice president, Gary Schultz, and its former athletic director, Tim Curley, a court official told the Los Angeles Times.
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July 29, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Three former top officials at Penn State, including the president, were in a Pennsylvania courtroom on Monday as they fought to avoid a trial on charges they covered up a sexual abuse scandal involving an assistant football coach, Jerry Sandusky. The leadoff witness at the preliminary hearing was Mike McQueary, a former assistant football coach, who at other trials and grand jury investigations has testified that he told the administrators that Sandusky engaged in a sex act in 2001 with a boy the coach brought to a locker room at the university's football training facility.
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April 22, 2013 | By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times
JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. - U.S. Army Sgt. John Russell pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of five fellow service members and the attempted murder of another in Iraq in 2009 after the government agreed not to seek the death penalty. Russell, 48, was dispassionate and matter-of-fact as he gave his first public account of his methodical march with an M-16 rifle through the Camp Liberty combat stress center - the only mass killing of Americans by a U.S. serviceman during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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April 10, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Sue Paterno, the widow of Joe Paterno, says she and her husband were ignorant about sexual predators like Jerry Sandusky. "We were among those who were ignorant of the magnitude of the problem," Sue Paterno said Wednesday at a Child Abuse Prevention Month breakfast sponsored by the Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance in Harrisburg, Pa. The Paternos' son, Jay Paterno, also spoke, saying, "I worked with Jerry Sandusky for several years....
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March 25, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
He may be out of sight, but former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky remains very much in mind, surfacing in recorded interviews to once again insist he was innocent of molesting children. Sandusky, 69, was convicted of 45 counts of sexual abuse, and is serving a 30-year to 60-year sentence in a Pennsylvania prison. Though he never took the stand during his celebrated trial, he publicly insisted - before the trial and after -- that  he is innocent of all charges and is actively pursuing an appeal.
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November 10, 2011 | By Colby Itkowitz, The Morning Call
The shock waves from the explosive scandal at Penn State are reaching Washington. Pennsylvania Sens. Pat Toomey and Bob Casey will rescind their Medal of Freedom nomination for former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno in the wake of the child abuse scandal involving his former assistant coach, the senators said Thursday. Paterno was fired Wednesday evening by the school's board of trustees, ending his 46-year-tenure as head coach. The award is considered the highest honor a civilian can receive.
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March 12, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Four months after firing Joe Paterno  -- and more than a month after Paterno's death -- the Penn State trustees attempted again to explain their actions Monday, saying in a statement that the legendary football coach was released for a "failure of leadership" after receiving information about the alleged sexual assault of a child by former assistant Jerry Sandusky. "While Coach Paterno did his legal duty by reporting that information the next day, Sunday, March 3, to his immediate superior, the then Penn State Athletic Director Tim Curley, the Board reasonably inferred that he did not call police," the statement said.
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February 11, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
  In her first television interview since the sex-abuse scandal that rocked Penn State, Sue Paterno, the wife of late Penn State football Coach Joe Paterno, spoke to Katie Couric for a segment that will be shown Monday on "Katie. " Sue Paterno talks about her late husband, their relationship with the Sanduskys, and how she felt after the Freeh Report was released. Her hope was that the report would clear her husband of any wrongdoing, and she gives her reaction when it did the opposite: Katie Couric: “ At least eight young men had come forward saying they had been victimized by Jerry Sandusky as boys.
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February 10, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Sue Paterno, the widow of late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, began an offensive Sunday to reshape the legacy of her former husband, who was fired in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child abuse sex scandal and linked to an attempt to protect the university from negative publicity. An investigation and report commissioned by the family was released on the website paterno.com Sunday morning. It attacked the investigation led by former FBI director Louis Freeh as inaccurate with findings that weren't supported by the facts presented in the case.
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