(Happy Valley) ABC news reporting this morning that former Penn State Head football coach Joe Paterno died today.
"It is with great sadness that we announce that Joe Paterno passed away earlier today. His loss leaves a void in our lives that will never be filled," Paterno's family said in a statement to ABC news.
ABC news says Paterno coached the Nittany Lions for 46 years and in 2011 became the winningest coach in Division 1 football. But before the season was over, he was abruptly dismissed as the sex scandal involving former assistant Jerry Sandusky suggested that top school officials had ignored signs of Sandusky's alleged predatory behavior.
Shortly after his dismissal, Paterno was diagnosed with lung cancer and broke his hip. Paterno was 85.
January 22, 2012