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t was always going to end. That was certain. But for years, even decades, no one could pinpoint just when and how Joe Paterno would end his tenure as the head coach of the Penn State football team.

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the sidelines much longer. But he didnt let those setbacks stop him from coming to work.

It appeared no imaginable circumstance could cause Paterno to stop coaching his players about not only how Some thought it would happen in the 1980s, when his to play football, but how to live their lives. team was on top. He was in his 60s and would have a life And then the unimaginable happened. after football. But he kept coaching, and his teams kept More than half a century of teaching young people how winning. to act with character and poise ended amidst allegations During the next decade, his teams kept winning. And of men failing to act responsibly to maintain the well although Paterno coached against men a generation being of children and adolescents. younger, he kept going. So, on November 9, 2011 like he had for more than 60 Not even the Dark Years, when his teams struggled to years Paterno decided to do what he believed was best earn victories, could make Paterno consider calling it for Penn State and announced he would retire at the end quits. He knew his teams were close to returning to of the season. However, he wouldnt get the chance. prominence. The situation surrounding the school left the man who And the Lions did. But a touch of bad luck that caused devoted many of his years doing so much for others poor health made many believe Paterno couldnt roam saying he wished he had done more.

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Penn State Assistant Coach Joe Paterno instucts players during a coaches clinic in 1952. Penn State coach Rip Engle is watching him.

By Art Benning

In 1950, I was the Assistant Sports Editor and was given what would turn out to be a gem of an assignment. I was the first media person to interview Paterno when he came on campus, a tribute to an astute assignment editor, or quite likely, Ray Koehler, who was Sports Editor. Football and boxing were my regular beats, along with a col-

umn called Off the Cuff. The resulting story made the front page, and, I believe, was passed on to The Centre Daily Times, as we often did with major stories. A few years later I had the opportunity to chat with Coach at a Penn State Rally in New York, on a Friday night before a Saturday game with Army at West Point. I asked him if he remembered being interviewed, and he was kind enough to say he did. We talked about the team, and he made a

point of thanking The Collegian for helping to keep student fans enthusiastic about the football program. As the quarterbacks coach (having been a star quarterback for Rip Engel at Brown), he was flying under our radar for the next year or two. Little did any of us then realize what an amazing career he would carve out for himself, his college, his fans, and college football. Whatta guy! Benning is a retired copy editor and author.

1950: Joe Paterno joined his college coach at Brown Rip Engle as an assistant coach at Penn State.

1956: Penn State offensive lineman Sam Valentine earns All-American honors.

Dec. 19, 1959: Penn State defeats Alabama in Liberty Bowl on a fake field goal touchdown pass thrown by sophomore Galen Hall.

1950s: Penn State football posts a 62-28-4 record.

1949: Joe Paterno graduates from Brown with a degree in English literature.

1955: Paterno missed the first game of his coaching career against Army following the death of his father, Angelo.

1958: Joe Paterno and Sue Pohland meet at the library during Sues freshman year

1959: Penn State QB Richie Lucas wins 1959 Maxwell Award and finishes 2nd in Heisman voting.


After coaching Brown from 19441949, Rip Engle became the head coach at Penn State in 1950 and brought his former quarterback and cornerback with him. Paterno holds a share of Brown's career interception record at 14 and also played basketball for a year. Upon graduation, against his parents wishes, he passed up law school to join Engle's staff at Penn State.

1950- Korean War breaks out- North Korean forces invade South Korea; South Korea is aided by the UN, led by Gen. Douglas MacArthur 1950- First color television broadcast, done by CBS 1951- Julius and Ethel Rosenburg convicted of espionage 1951- First commercial computer is introduced by Remington Rand, called UNIVAC. 1952-Rock and Roll is coined 1953-Elizabeth II is crowned. 1953- Korean War ends 1953- Khrushchev appointed to lead the Soviet Union; detonates first hydrogen bomb 1953- Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay are the first people to climb Mt. Everest 1954- Supreme Court DecisionBrown v. Board of Education- outlaws segregation in public schools.


Sam Valentine - Guard Rich Lucas - QB

Joe Paterno is one of the good things about football. Joe Paterno is one of the good things about Penn State and about college football in general.

Dave Robinson, Defensive End 1959-62




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Front from left to right: George; Welsh; Jim O'Hora; Joe Paterno; Earl Bruce. Back from left to right: Frank Patrick; Phillips; J.T. White; Dan Radakovich; Joe McMullen
By Ira Miller

When Joe Paterno took over as Penn States football coach in 1966, the program was nothing like it is today. Of course, this was a different era: No ESPN, no internet, no lights in Beaver Stadium, which was less than halfthe size it is today. Everything was low key. Students were admitted to games for free. No more than two games a year were televised. All the games began at 1:00 or1:30 on

Saturday. Once a year, about 5,000 seats were given to high schoolband members around Pennsylvania, who performed at halftime. Practices were open to the media. I remember eating bagels anddrinking coffee in the locker room with coaches and players on Sundaymornings after games. Now, reporters never get into the locker room, ever. Paterno was a different kind of coach. He was open, and he was bold. He spent Friday nights before

games in bull sessions with the writers, as much as telling them what he was going to do on Saturday. Again, this wasa different era, but there was a trust built up. He had a vision. He called it the Grand Experiment, producing big-time college football with real students. Three of his first eight teams were undefeated and they produced, among others, a Grammy-winning composer (Mike Reid), an orthopedic surgeon (Dave Joyner), a big-time real estate developer (Don Abbey)

and a major player in newspaper publishing (Charlie Pittman). He coached aggressively, he told his players not to be afraid to lose, and he backed it up. Long before overtime came to college football, Paternonever played for a tie. Twice during the undefeated streak, his team won games 15-14 by going for a two-point conversion at the end. Another time, it wound up in a tie game after failing on a 4th-and-1 play from its own 15-yard line. That was in a Gator Bowl

against Florida State. But Joe could laughat himself. The very next fall, in the season opener, he called a fourth downplay again deep in his own territory and later acknowledged it was spurred by that earlier failure. If only we could be laughing at that kind of failurenow. Because for sure, we have failure. But we dont have laughter. Miller retired NFL writer for the San Francisco Chronicle and past president Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

1960: On December 20 No. 16 Lions win Liberty Bowl v.unranked Oregon, 41-12. They finish their season with a record of 7-3.

1961: On December 31 No. 17 Lions win Gator Bowl v. No. 13 Georgia Tech, 30-15.

1962: Joe and Sue get married

1966: Joe becomes head coach

1967: On December 30 No. 10 Lions tie for Gator Bowl v. unranked Florida State, 17-17. They finish their season with a record of 8-2.

1968: No. 3 Lions win Orange Bowl against No. 6 Kansas, 15-14. They have an undefeated, untied, perfect season.

1969: On January 1, 1970, Lions win Orange Bowl v. Kansas, 15-14. This resulted in a second consecutive undefeated season and a final No. 2 ranking in the grand final poll for the Lions.

1969: Mike Reid (Lineman) wins the Outland Trophy and the Maxwell Award

He made you understand, when you're an 18,19 year old, just because you're a football player, doesn't make you any better or any worse. Football is not the most important thing in your life. I always carry that with me in my life after Penn State.


Bob Mitinger - Defensive End Dave Robinson Defensive End Roger Kochman - Halfback Glenn Ressler - Center/Guard Ted Kwalick - Tight End Dennis Onkotz - Linebacker Mike Reid - Defensive Tackle Charlie Pittman - Halfback Neal Smith - Safety SECOND TEAM Chuck Sieminski - Offensive Tackle Rich Buzin - Offensive Tackle Tim Montgomery - Safety Dennis Onkotz - Linebacker Mike Reid - Defensive Tackle Steve Smear - Defensive Tackle

1960- First televised Presidential debate; JFK elected and is the youngest person ever elected President 1961- Construction of Berlin Wall begins 1961- Bay of Pigs invasion 1962- Cuban Missile Crisis 1963- JFK assassinated 1963- Beatles release first full album, Please Please Me 1963- MLK Jr.s I Have A Dream speech in Washington, D.C. 1964- The U.S. Civil Rights Act is passed 1965-Alexei Leonov is first to walk in space 1966- Miranda Rights written 1967- First Super Bowl 1968- Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Francis Kennedy both assassinated 1969- Woodstock 1969- Apollo 11 lands on the moon

Jack Ham, Linebacker. 1968-1970




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Coach Joe Paterno speaks to his team after is Cotton Bowl Victory over Texas. Penn State won the game, 30-6.
By Jerry Micco

Covering the Penn State football program was different in the late 70s than it was the past 10-15 years. It was a different time and a different group of people that were running things at the football offices in Rec Hall. Paterno was different, of course. Much younger, more involved in every aspect of his team and it just seemed more casual and less cor-

porate. Penn State was a national powerhouse. The first game I covered with the 1979 Sugar Bowl, a 14-7 PSU loss to Alabama. I covered the Tide for the paper as I was going to be the incoming sports editor. But I can remember Paterno being much more media friendly and jocular. Again, it was a looser and more relaxed time. I'd only been to his office twice. And I will never forget seeing John Capaletti's Heisman Trophy in

there. It is still the only one on the PSU campus. Paterno always was good with the Collegian. Gave us his time and some insights. Paterno's legacy will forever be tarnished by the scandal that has now crushed the entire university. When you think back to the era when I knew Paterno, it seems like a very distant speck in the rear view mirror. Micco is currently the assistant managing editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Sept. 26, 1970: A 41-13 loss to No. 18 Colorado ends Penn States 23-game winning streak. You hope days like this aren't going to happen, but sometimes they just do, Paterno said.

Jan 1, 1974: Paterno caps his third undefeated season with an Orange Bowl win against LSU.

Nov. 5, 1976: Paterno said an inspired Penn State squad played its best offensive game in a 41-20 win over N.C. State to give the coach his 100th win.

Jan. 1, 1979: A 14-7 loss to No. 2 Alabama, coached by Bear Bryant, in the Sugar Bowl ruins the Lions perfect season.

Jan. 1, 1970: A 10-3 win over No. 6 Missouri in the Orange Bowl seals the Lions second-straight undefeated season.

Jan 1, 1972: Penn State comes up with a 30-6 win over Texas in Cotton Bowl.

Jan. 1, 1975: 41-20 win over Baylor in Cotton Bowl.

Dec. 25, 1977: A 42-30 win over No. 15 Arizona State in Fiesta Bowl helped Penn State finish the year at No. 5.


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1970- The Beatles break up 1971- The Pentagon Papers published 1972- Watergate Scandal begins 1972- U.S. bombs North Vietnam on Christmas 1973- Roe v Wade legalizes abortion 1973- First mobile phone invented 1974- All the President's Men is published 1975- Vietnam War ends 1975- Bill Gates and Paul Allen found the Microsoft Corporation 1976- U.S. celebrates Bicentennial 1976- Viking 2 spacecraft lands on Mars 1976- Steve Jobs and Stephen Wozniak found Apple Computer 1977- Elvis Presley dies 1977- Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope is released 1978- Jim Jones' followers commit mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana 1979- Margaret Thatcher becomes the first woman prime minister of Britain

Jack Ham, Linebacker Dave Joyner, Linebacker Lydell Mitchell, Halfback Charlie Zapiec, Linebacker Bruce Bannon, Defensive End John Hufnagel, QB John Skorupan, Linebacker John Cappelletti, Halfback Randy Crowder, Defensive Tackle Ed O'Neil, Linebacker John Nessel, Offensive Tackle Mike Hartenstine, Defensive End Chris Bahr, Kicker Greg Buttle, Linebacker Tom Rafferty, Guard Kurt Allerman, Linebacker Keith Dorney, Tackle Randy Sideler, Guard Matt Bahr, Kicker Bruce Clark, Defensive tackle Chuck Fusina, Quarterback Pete Harris, Safety Matt Millen, Defensive Tackle

I think hes done an outstanding job of creating an identity for an entire university the way the ran the football program. I'm proud to have been associated with him and the things that have happened at Penn State.
Mickey Shuler, Tight end 1975-1977




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Joe Paterno, surrounded by players, addresses the crowd after the 1986 National Championship parade in State College.
By Dana ONeil

The phone in my Simmons Hall room rang at about 8:30 in the morning. Half asleep it was one of the rare days that I didnt have an early morning class I grumbled a hello into the receiver (this was back when phones were attached to cords). Dana, this is Joe Paterno. Sounds like I woke you up. I

thought you students went to class. That was my first introduction to a man that would, if not define my experience at Penn State, certainly play a central part in it. Back when I received that first call, I was freelancing for a hometown newspaper, doing a story on quarterback Tom Bill. A year later, my junior year, Id be one of the Daily Collegian football beat reporters and in my senior year, Id also serve as

assistant football magazine editor. Consequently I logged more than a few of my collegiate hours listening to Paterno tell us that his team would give 110 percent and that his opponent of the week was a good, solid football team even when it was No-Name Directional University of the week. In 1988, my junior year, Penn State finished 5-6, the first losing season in Paternos career. I remember being stunned we had won a national title in my

freshman year so this losing thing was new to all of us but I cant say I remember Paterno being especially testy or defensive. Winning record or not, you always had to be on your toes. Paterno wasnt afraid to toss a verbal zinger in response to a question he deemed foolish nor was he averse to turning your question into a question back at you. The trick, I learned, was to go right back at him, even if the

butterfly army was swarming in your stomach. If anything, though, Joe Paterno inadvertently gave me valuable lessons for my career. Covering Penn State football was legit. It was a big-time program with a larger-than-life coach. Now when the phone rings at 6 a.m. or midnight I always sound ready. Even if Im not. ONeil now works for ESPN.com, covering national college basketball.

Oct. 31, 1981: Penn State lost 17-14 to unranked Miami at the Orange Bowl and lost its No.1 ranking.

Jan. 1, 1982: Penn State beats No. 8 USC 26-10 in Fiesta Bowl. Curt Warner won the Outstanding Offensive Player Award. Nov. 28, 1981: Penn State beats No. 1 Pittsburgh 48-14 and ruined the rival's undefeated season. Paterno earned his 150th win and the team won the LambertMeadowlands trophy.

1984: For the first time in 14 years and third time in Paternos 19-year career, Penn State had a bowl-less season. The Lions season ended with a 6-5 record. Jan. 1, 1983: Penn State beat No. 1 Georgia 27-23 in the Sugar Bowl, earning the Lions first consensus national championship.

1988: Penn State saw its first losing season since 1938 and Paternos first losing season at Penn State.

Dec. 26, 1980: Penn State beat No. 11 Ohio State 31-39 in the Fiesta Bowl. The Lions finished the season ranked eighth in the AP poll.

Jan. 2, 1987: Penn State beat No. 1 Miami 14-10 in the Fiesta Bowl. The Lions won their second national championship in five years.

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1980- President Jimmy Carter boycotts Moscow Olympics 1980- John Lennon assassinated 1981- First reported cases of AIDS 1981- MTV launches; Video Killed the Radio Star by The Buggles is first music video 1983- President Reagan announces his plans for a missile defence plan 1984- Apple introduces the Macintosh personal computer 1986- First Game Boy 1986- Reagan sends arms to Iran in exchange for hostages 1987- Simpsons begins 1988- First computer virus reported 1989- East German government allows East Berliners to cross into West Berlin, dismantling the wall begins shortly after 1989- Salvador Dali dies 1989- Globe Theatre built

Bill Dugan, Offensive tackle Sean Farrell, Guard Curt Warner, Tailback Walker Lee Ashley, Defensive End Kenny Jackson, Receiver Mark Robinson, Safety Michael Zordich, Safety Shane Conlan, Outside Linebacker Chris Conlin, Offensive tackle D.J. Dozier, Halfback Tim Johnson, Defensive Tackle Steve Wisniewski, Guard Andre Collins, Linebacker Blair Thomas, Halfback

Having played for him for four years, he was instrumental in my life. It's a sad day in our household.

James Coates, punt and kick returner 1984-.1988

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Joe Paterno announces that Penn State will join the Big Ten at a press conference.

By Brad Young

Please forgive the biased choice of pronoun here. For me, Penn State will always be we. I actually struggled with that as the Collegian football beat writer for the 1995 season. We were coming off the undefeated 1994 season (best Paterno team ever), and I can still remember Joe, tan and spry after a summer on the Jersey shore, opening

his pre-season press conference by saying that the expectations were the same as they always were for us: to contend for a national title. That all went away with back-to-back losses to Wisconsin and Ohio State early in the conference season. And so much has gone away since. On initial recall, it was an unremarkable season outside of the excellence of Bobby Engram (favorite Paterno player ever) and the emergence of Curtis Enis (oh

how I long now for a free suit from an agent to be our biggest problem). Those pre-season expectations from Joe weren't met. New Year's Day bowl. Yawn. But actually, the season stands out. It is a line of demarcation. Look at what has happened since then. The program has never regained the consistent dominance that it had from the late 60s to the early 90s. Were there signs then that would stand as to why? Maybe a sense of complacency.

Maybe a lack of strategic innovation and top-to-bottom athleticism. Maybe a realization of how tough the Big Ten could be - on the field and in the living room. You could see some of that, to be sure. Of course, everybody knows now what else allegedly started around that same time. We will always be we, but we will never be the same as we were then. Young is currently the associate publisher of marketing at Fortune.

Nov. 17,1990: Penn State beat No. 1 Notre Dame 24-21.

Jan. 1, 1992 Penn State beat No. 10 Tennessee 42-17 in the Fiesta Bowl.

Sept. 4, 1993: Penn State won its first Big Ten game, 38-20 against Minnesota.

Nov. 12, 1994: Penn State beat Illinois 35-31 in a 20-point comeback.

Jan. 2, 1995: Penn State beat No. 12 Oregon 38-20, giving Penn State its fifth undefeated season and first Big Ten Championship..

Nov. 8, 1997: Penn State suffered a 34-8 loss at No. 4 Michigan, knocking the team from its No. 2 ranking.

Sept. 12, 1998: Joe Paterno earned his 300th win, defeating Bowling Green 48-3.

Nov. 6, 1999: Penn State lost 24-23 to Minnesota, knocking the team from its No. 2 ranking.

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Darren Perry, Safety O.J. McDuffie, Receiver Lou Benfatti, Defensive Tackle Kyle Brady,Tight End Ki-Jana Carter, Running back Kerry Collins, Quarterback Bobby Engram, receiver Jeff Hartings, Guard Kim Herring, Safety Curtis Enis, Tailback LaVar Arrington, Linebacker Courtney Brown, Defensive End Brandon Shor, Linebacker

1990- Cold War ends; East and West Germany reunite 1990- Nelson Mandela is freed 1991- Warsaw Pact dissolves; USSR dissolves 1993- Nokia sends first text messages 1994- Football star O. J. Simpson is arrested; later aquitted 1994- World Series is cancelled 1997- Princess Diana dies 1997- Scottish scientists clone a sheep named Dolly 1997- J.K. Rowling publishes first Harry Potter book 1998- Google launches search engine 1998- Viagra reaches markets 1999- Clinton is acquitted of impeachment charges 1999- Columbine high school tragedy 1999- World population reaches 6 billion

He's put in a lot of years, he's helped a lot of people, the community and Penn State. He's helped so many kids over 46 years, he was like a father figure.
Leonard Humphries, Defensive Back 1989-1991




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Joe Paterno stands with his team as it waits to enter the stadium at the beginning of the football game in 2000.
By Chris Korman

For students who arrived at Penn State in August 2000, a 24-6 loss to Toledo which, it turns out, has a football team served as an introduction to Joe Paterno and the Nittany Lions. This tells you a lot about how the rest of the decade went. Oh, there were highlights. Larry Johnson ran for more than 2000 yards and in 2002. Quarterback Michael Robinson flour-

ished as a senior and led his team to an 11-1 record capped by a stirring overtime win over Florida State in the Orange Bowl. And a Daryll Clark-led squad started 2008 with nine wins and came within 1 second of adding a 10th basically guaranteeing a national title shot. The magic was still there and, due to a concerted marketing effort, fan fervor reached new levels. But at other times, the program teetered. An ornery Paterno coddled

his stars in an attempt to shield them from an intense media environment, but wouldnt recruit with much fervor. He was hesitant to make needed changes on the coaching stuff. Instead of the dynamic force that had built a championship program and elevated the reputation of a school, he appeared, too often, to be a grumpy caricature of him self. Chris Korman is now the sports editor at The Baltimore Sun.

Oct 8, 2005: With a big upset victory over then No. 6 Ohio State, PSU rises to No. 8 in the AP Poll. I was scared to death the whole time, said Paterno. You just hope your kids stay in good position and do it. Oct. 7, 2001: After a 29-27 victory over rival Ohio State, Paterno becomes the winningest football coach in NCAA Division I-A history, passing Bear Byrant on the all-time list with 324 career victories.

Jan. 3, 2006: Penn State finishes off the season 11-1 and appears in its first ever BCS Bowl game, the Orange Bowl, against Florida State. Penn State narrowly edges out Florida State, 26-23.

Sept. 20, 2008: After a big 45-3 victory over Temple, Paterno passes Bobby Bowden as major college footballs all time winningest coach, with 376 wins.

January 1, 2009: Penn State reaches the Rose Bowl, but loses a tough contest to USC, 38-24.

Oct. 15, 2005: Just one week after pulling off an upset victory over the Buckeyes, the Lions themselves are upset by Michigan, 27-25. The loss would be Penn State's only one of the season.

Dec. 29, 2007: Penn State defeats Texas A&M, 24-17, in the Alamo Bowl. The game marks Paternos 500th contest as head coach at Penn State.

Nov. 8, 2008: Ranked No. 3, Penn State loses its unbeaten record by falling on the road, 24-23, to Iowa. Their balloon isnt busted, said Paterno. If we win the next two, well have a chance to go to a big bowl Well go home and cry on Sunday, but Monday weve got to come ready to work.


Michael Haynes, Defensive Lineman Larry Johnson, Running Back Jimmy Kennedy, Defensive tackle Tamba Hali, Linebacker Paul Posluszny, Linebacker Alan Zemaitis, Cornerback Dan Connor, Linebacker, Sean Lee, Linebacker A.Q. Shipley, Center Aaron Maybin, Linebacker Jared Odrick, Defensive End

2000- Y2K Scare dissolves, Internet stockDot Com Bubble crashes 2001- Terrorists attack World Trade Center; Bush declares War on Terror 2001- Enron files bankruptcy 2002- No Child Left Behind Act signed, Ex-currencies of Euroholding nations are no longer legal tender 2003- Saddam Hussein captured 2004- Facebook launches 2005- Hurricane Katrina 2006- Barry Bonds hits 715th home run 2006- Steve Irwin dies 2007- Final Harry Potter novel 2007- iPhone released 2008- Barak Obama elected, Heath Ledger dies, Wall Street collapses: 2009- Michael Jackson dies

It was a great honor and privilege to play under him because hes held in such high regard.
Gerald Cadogan, Offensive tackle 2006-2008

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Joe Paterno celebrates his 400th career win as Penn State's head football coach in 2010 after a Big Ten game against Northwestern.
By Brendan Monahan

Just a season ago, the Nittany Lions hoisted Joe Paterno on their shoulders after his 400th career win. His eyes gleamed behind his signature thick black glasses and a smile arose across his face. He looked almost uncomfortable in the limelight as he asked his players to put him down. The 35-21 comeback victory against Northwestern highlighted the 2010 season one that ended in

a mediocre finish. Thinking back on that 2010 game, which signified Paternos legacy up to that point, its stunning how different things can change in just one year. The man once idolized must now answer questions seemingly unfathomable just a year ago. The limelight has changed its glare, now a blinding, threatening hue that wont go away until answers abound. Mixed emotions swirl about the current state of events, but in part, one universal feeling prevails that

of sadness, sadness over the events that transpired and the impending threat of losing a reputation. With the current state of things emotions and unanswered questions swirling its hard to grasp the situation, to come up with any plausible conclusion until everything comes to light. Until that time, were forced to face our emotions, to relive the memories in our own fashion and simply wait. Monahan is currently an intake coordinator/ project manager at KTMC law firm.

March 6: The Maxwell Football Club of Philadelphia establishes the Joseph V. Paterno Award given to a college coach "to honor the spirit of Coach Paterno, whose long-time success on the field has been matched only by his impact away from it".

June 12: Nebraska joins the Big 10 Conference.

Nov. 6: Penn State defeats Nowrthwestern, 35-21 giving Paterno his 400th career win.

Dec 16: The Big Ten Conference establishes the Stagg-Paterno Championship Trophy.

Feb. 21: Two Penn State graduates bid $9,000 for an autographed pair of Paterno's glasses at the WPSU's Connoisseur's Dinner and Auction.

April 30: All-American Jared Odrick is drafted in the first round of the NFL draft by the Miami Dolphins. Five other former Nittany Lions are also drafted.

Sept. 1: Rob Bolden is named starting quarterback. He is the first true freshman Paterno has ever named to this position to begin the season.

Nov. 14: Offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski is named an All-American


Stefen Wisniewski, Guard


Deemed the International Year of Youth by the United Nations General Assembly January- Burj Khalifa is built in Dubai, tallest man-made structure to date,Earthquake in Haiti kills over 230,000 people February- 2010 Winter Olympics held in Vancouver

Joe's been here for a long time, he's our head coach. To have something like this happen, it's been really tough.

Drew Astorino, Safety 2008-2011

At the end of the 2011 Outback Bowl, when Florida had downed Penn State 3724, two coaches, one 46years-old and one 84-yearsold, met at midfield to shake hands honoring their mutual respect. It would be the final game for one. It was Urban Meyer, the 46-year-old, taking the field for the last time at the helm for the Gators.

April- Volcanic ash in Iceland disrupts airways, Deepwater Horizon oil spill occurs in the Gulf of Mexico July- Spain wins FIFA World Cup, held in South Africa, Wikileaks launches November- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 premieres December- Dont Ask, Dont Tell repealed




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Cornerback Chaz Powell (2) speaks with former head coach Joe Paterno during warm-ups on the field of Beaver Stadium before Penn State faced Eastern Michigan earlier this season.
By Ryan Loy

Entering the 2011 season, knowing Joe Paterno was entering the final year of his contract, there was one thought that always loomed in the back of my mind. How do you write about the retirement of Joe Paterno? Like most our age who grew up in Pennsylvania following Penn State for much of their life, I dont know anything other than Penn State football with that iconic figure walking the sidelines. I was sitting in the corner of the south end zone when Paterno ran

down those referees after an overtime loss to Iowa in 2002. It was the typical fire from the Brooklyn, N.Y. native that generations of Penn State fans saw well before I was born. But that isnt the Paterno Ive had the opportunity to cover. The fire is still there, but injuries and old age wont allow the Penn State coachs flames to shine as bright as they had in the past. Still, this was a Paterno-coached team maybe more than any squad weve seen in the past couple decades. The Nittany Lions are winning with stout defense and an offense highlighted by a workhorse tail-

back, compiling an 8-1 record with three key games remaining. When their backs have been against the wall late in a game, the Lions have found a way to win. With the shock of the recent events and Paternos firing, its time to see just how much Paternos lessons can carry on with his players. The coachs players have been known to go on to do great things after they left Paterno. Now, its time to how they react when their coach is taken from them. Loy is currently the Daily Collegians football editor.

Aug. 7, 2011: Paterno suffers right shoulder and hip injuries when wide receiver Devon Smith incidentally crashes into him during practice.

Sept.11, 2011: Penn State loses its only game of the season to Alabama 27-11.

Oct. 29, 2011: Paterno passes Eddie Robinson for most wins in FBS history with a 10-7 comeback win over Illinois.

Nov. 9, 2011: Paterno announces that he'll retire at the end of the season, ending his 46-year reign as Penn State head coach.

Feb. 17, 2011: Paternos necktie from his 400th win was auctioned off for $10,200 at the 19th annual Connoisseur's dinner.

Sept.3, 2011: Paterno opens his 46th season as Penn State head coach with a 41-7 victory over Indiana State.

Oct. 22, 2011: Paterno ties Eddie Robinson for most wins in FBS history with 408 after a 34-24 victory over Northwestern.

Nov. 4, 2011: Former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky is indicted on 40 counts of sex crimes against children.


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January- Congressman Giffords is shot in Arizona. January- Egyptian Revolution begins March- 9.1 Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan April- The Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton May- Osama bin Laden killed by Navy SEALS July- First successful artificial organ transplant July- NASAs manned space shuttle program concludes with the landing of the Atlantis at the Kennedy Space Center October- Libyan Civil War ends October - President Obama recalls the troops from Iraq October- Steve Jobs dies of pancreatic cancer November- Penn State Sandusky scandal hits Penn State.


The year is not over yet. There are still three games to be played and there is still a chance Penn State can play in the first ever Big Ten Championship. But if that were to happen, the Nittany Lions will be without their head coach, the man who has led them to an 8-1 record. Tom Bradley is taking over for Paterno and the former defensive coordinator will have the tough task of dealing with the Nebraska, Ohio State and Wisconsin. If Bradley and his team can stay focused on the task at hand, this season could still wind up being a magical one. Even if it isnt with the man who got the Lions to where they are right now.

I came here a boy and I left a man. And thats all due to Joe Paterno.
Chima Okoli, Offensive tackle 2008-2011

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Board of Trustees fires Joe Paterno

By Mike Still

Its the end of an era. For the first time since 1966, Joe Paterno is no longer head football coach at Penn State. Amidst recent child sex-abuse allegations against former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky which Paternos role in has him under fire from all directions the Penn State Board of Trustees announced after meeting Wednesday night that Paterno is done as Penn State head football coach, effective immediately. These decisions were made after careful deliberations and in the best interest of the university as a whole, John Surma, Vice President of the Board of Trustees, said Wednesday night at a press conference. Penn State has always strived for honesty, integrity and the highest moral standards in all of our activities. We promise you that we are committed to restoring public trust to our university. Penn State President Graham Spanier was fired, as well. Defensive coordinator Tom Bradley has been announced as interim head coach. Paterno had announced Wednesday morning that he would retire at the end of the season. I have come to work every day for the last 61 years with one clear goal in mind: To serve the best interests of this university and the young men who have been entrusted to my care, Paterno said in an official statement. I have the same goal today. Thats why I have decided to announce my retirement effective at the end of this season. According to Grand Jury reports, Paterno had received knowledge of one sexual assault case involving Sandusky and a 10year old boy that occurred in the showers of the Lasch Building in 2002. Mike McQueary, a graduate assistant at the time and currently the Nittany Lions recruiting coordinator and receivers coach, reportedly witnessed Sandusky in the shower with a boy. McQueary reported the incident to Paterno, who then passed on McQuearys eye witness testimony to then Director of Athletics Tim Curley and a vice president, Gary Schultz. Both Curley and Schultz have been charged with perjury. Paterno has not been accused of any legal wrongdoing, but he has been questioned whether he could have done more to prevent any of the 40 child sex-abuse

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Penn State head coach Joe Paterno speaks briefly with reporters, but with no comment, while on the way to his car outside of his home in State College on Tuesday afternoon. Paterno was on his way to coach practice.
Sandusky has been charged with. The state police commissioner called his lack of efforts a lapse of moral responsibility. In his statement, Paterno expressed his grief and his regret for not taking more action. I am absolutely devastated by the developments in this case, Paterno said. I grieve for the children and their families, and I pray for their comfort and relief. This is a tragedy. It is one of the great sorrows of my life. With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more. Despite questions surrounding his involvement in the case and character, there has been no shortage of support for Paterno. On Tuesday night, hundreds of students trekked to Paternos home on McKee Street to offer their support to Paterno. Members of the crowd chanted Paternos name, told him they loved him and scrambled at the chance to shake the hand of a living legend. Its hard for me to tell you how much this means to me, he told the crowd. You guys live for this place. I live for people like you guys and girls. Im just so happy to see that you feel so strongly about this and your school. Penn States current players havent shied from backing their now former coach. A squad meeting was called Wednesday morning at the Lasch building where Paterno told his team this would be his last year coaching the Lions. Players exited the building, some clearly upset by the expressions on their faces. Its just such a tough thing to happen, safety Drew Astorino said. Joes been here for a long time, and hes our head coach, so its been really tough. It was tough to hear. Hes an extremely selfless man, running back Silas Redd said. His legacy that he created here is going to continue to live through us and all the future players that will be here no matter whos coaching. Its been an absolute honor for me. Linebacker Nate Stupar said he saw Paterno cry for the first time, and offensive tackle Chima Okoli said the team gave their coach a standing ovation after he had given his players the news. The unwavering support from players hasnt been limited to this years team, either. Past players from all decades during Paternos career have offered kind words about their former coach. Mickey Shuler Sr., an AllAmerican tight end for Paterno in the late 1970s, said hes proud to have been associated with Paterno. Joe taught you more than football. He taught you life, Shuler said. Football is something you did while you there, you did the best you could but it did not completely define you as an athlete Penn State. Walking around the Penn State campus, Paternos drive to better the university and its students not just the football program is evidenced all over. In 1998, Paterno and his wife Sue announced a contribution of $3.5 million to the University for funding to construct the Penn State All-Sports Museum and the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, bringing Paternos total donations to the school up to $4 million. We have met some wonderful people here, weve known many students who have gone on to become outstanding leaders in their professions and in society, and all of our children have received a first-class education here, Paterno said in 1998. Ive never felt better about Penn State and its future potential than I do right now. Sue and I want to do all we can to help the University reach that potential. In addition to contributing to charitable events in the State College community such as the Summer Olympics, Paterno has dedicated himself to bettering the education of each Penn State student. After leading the Lions to a national title in 1983, Paterno challenged the universitys Board of Trustees to make Penn State No. 1 in both athletics and academics. He and his wife, Sue, led a campaign in 1993 that ultimately raised more than $13 million for a new library. In April of 1997, the Paterno Library opened its doors to the student body. I think hes done an outstanding job of creating an identity for an entire university with the way he ran the football program, Shuler said. Paternos contributions to the school can only be matched by the success hes had on the gridiron. Theres been more wins than any other coach in FBS history 409. Theres been two national championships, 78-All Americans and five undefeated seasons since Paterno took over as head coach in 1966. The numbers speak for themselves. Whether he likes it or not, Paterno will be remembered as a good football coach. Ive been able to play for him for two years now, and Ive learned so much, Redd said. And its a sad day today, but well rejoice and celebrate on Saturday and the

next four games that we need to win. Despite the near hysterics on campus this week regarding Paterno, Curley and Penn State president Graham Spanier, the No. 12 Lions (8-1, 5-0 Big Ten) still have a game to play this Saturday. And its no cakewalk. No. 19 Nebraska (7-2, 3-2 Big Ten) is visiting Happy Valley for the time since 2002 to a commence a Big Ten rivalry after a 19-year hiatus. Astorino said regardless of all the attention centered on the school, the program and the town, the team will put everything out of their minds for just a few hours. Once we put the pads on its kind of a relief for that hour and a half two hours and you just dont have to think about it, Astorino said. Its going to be a tough thing to do but the character of this team I know everybody has I think we can get through it and try to get a win. Before Paterno had been fired, Penn State players said they were willing to do anything to send their coach out on a high note. Were gonna do everything that we can to finish this great for him, said fullback Mike Zordich, whose father Mike was an AllAmerican in 1985 under Paterno, while holding back tears Wednesday after the teams meeting. And to the end this season the way it needs to be ended, and hopefully get him off the field on some shoulders. The Lions will not get the chance to carry their legendary coach off the field Saturday, but they can still so him justice. Atop the Big Ten as the only undefeated team in conference play, the Lions are in a position many couldnt have predicted before the season began. Additionally, in the wake of Paternos swift and unexpected exit, fewer could have predicted the 84-year old coach would not be given a proper farewell. In his statement released on Wednesday morning, Paterno promised he would make the most of his remaining time as the Lions head coach. My goals now are to keep my commitments to my players and staff and finish the season with dignity and determination, Paterno said in his statement. And then I will spend the rest of my life doing everything I can to help this University. While hell no longer walk the sidelines, pant legs rolled up just above the ankle, few would doubt Paterno will continue to devote himself to the school he loved. To email reporter: mas5860@psu.edu

Replacing a legendary sports coach not an easy task

By Andrew Robinson

There is no formula to replace a legend. With the Board of Trustees announcement Wednesday night that Penn State football coach Joe Paterno has been fired effective immediately, a giant question mark now looms regarding who will eventually be the 84-year-old coachs permanent replacement. Defensive coordinator Tom Bradley, who is now the interim replacement, has long been rumored to replace the iconic coach. But, he has not been the only one. Rumors have circled Happy Valley in recent weeks about former Florida Gators coach Urban Meyer taking over. And Greg Schiano, Al Golden, Bill Cowher and Tony Dungy are no different. Regardless of who eventually comes in, Paternos shoes are going to be pretty big to fill. However, Paternos permanent replacement, whether Bradley or someone else, wont be the first person attempting to undertake such a daunting task. Some have been successful, like former North Carolina basketball coach Bill Guthridge who followed Dean Smith and reached two Final Fours in his three seasons. Others failed, such as basketball coach Glen Miller, who followed Fran Dunphy at Penn and was fired seven games into his fourth season. No matter the success, legends get replaced. Id say the majority of people associate a lot of stuff as stress and pressure and so forth, Ray Perkins, the man who followed Paul Bear Bryant at Alabama, said. Im not sure that its that way with most athletes or most coaches of all sports. We as coaches and we as athletes prepare ourselves as best that we possibly can, and then we go out and try to perform the same way, the absolute best that we can. Replacing Bryants 323 wins was no easy task for Perkins, who lasted four seasons coaching the Crimson Tide to a 32-15-1 record. To make matters worse, Perkins

had Alabamas first losing season in 27 years during his second season in 1984. Perkins, who was an AllAmerican receiver for Alabama, left what he called the best job in the NFL as head coach of the New York Giants to come back to his alma mater. He is one of many coaches hired to replace an icon that had ties to the coach or program. Perkins played for Bryant, Guthridge was an assistant to Smith for 30 seasons, and Gary Moeller was an assistant coach under Bo Schembechler at Michigan before taking over as head coach. But coming from the same coaching tree didnt necessarily mean things stayed the same. It depended on the coach. I had worked for Dean for 30 years, so I was pretty much like him, said Guthridge, who replaced the man who at the time was college basketballs all-time winningest head coach. We had good players and we went to two Final Fours in the three years I coached there. I enjoyed it, I just ran out of gas. It was a little different in Tuscaloosa. We didnt use the same playbook, we didnt use the same practice schedule, and Im sure I made a few decisions that werent real popular decisions, Perkins said. They were what we believed and how we believed in doing it. But I understand how people can get stuck on some things. Thats life, thats part of success and part of moving on to the next generation. In the case of Schembechlers retirement from coaching, things were very unique. Not only was Moeller a Schembechler disciple, but so was his successor, Lloyd Carr, and there wasnt a fundamental change in philosophy. Frank Beckmann, the radio play-by-play announcer for Michigan football since 1981, said it was essentially a seamless transition from Schembechler to Moeller. Michigan didnt feel the impact of a big change until the [Rich]

Rodriguez hiring to replace Lloyd Carr, Beckmann said. Thats when Michigan went through it, where somebody from outside a quote, family, was brought in to replace a member of the Schembechler lineage. Beckmann said Moeller kept basically the same system and that continuity is one of the biggest keys in the transition period. For the first few years after a coaching change, the new regime still has the players the previous coaching staff recruited, so its not unexpected to see a higher level of success in the first few years. As time goes on, however, things sometimes start to change. When Mike Davis took over for Bob Knight at Indiana, he finished with at least 21 wins in each of his first three seasons, and he went to the NCAA title game in 2002. But his team compiled a .500 record over the next two seasons and he resigned at the end of the 2006 season, despite a return to the NCAA tournament. It comes a little bit harder for the administrations and all the other people that have to get used to a new guy, Perkins said. They have to do things in a little bit different ways after theyve been done the same way for 25 to 30 years. Joe Paterno has been there for 61 years. Are you kidding me? The next group of people that go in there, theyre gonna do things a bit differently, everybody does. In a lot of cases, whoever takes over for a legend isnt there for very long. When he retired from UNC in 2000 after three years as head coach, Guthridge had been in coaching since 1962. The former coach said the long hours and lack of sleep caught up to him prompting him to step away. Gene Bartow, the man who followed John Wooden at UCLA, stayed just two seasons on the Bruins bench before leaving to start the basketball program at the University of AlabamaBirmingham. Moeller resigned at Michigan in 1995 after five years on the job in the aftermath of an

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Joe Paterno speaks with former Alabama coach Paul Bear Bryant.
arrest for disorderly conduct. Ron Zook followed Steve Spurrier at Florida, but didnt make it three seasons, being fired midway through the 2004 season. Perkins opted to not disclose his reasons for leaving Alabama, but after giving up the head coaching job with the New York Giants to take over the Crimson Tide, he returned to the NFL after four years in Tuscaloosa. I think everybody [feels pressure] when they get that kind of job, they want to succeed, Beckmann said. They want to have the same kind of success their predecessor had, and its difficult to follow in a legends footsteps like that because the expectations are high. The expectations are that youre going to continue to succeed like they did. Beckmann saw that firsthand as he called Moellers games. Mo ran into his own problems when he lost games or whenever he tied games. People thought it was the end of the world, Beckmann said. Suddenly you go from 10 wins to nine and people think the sky is falling when its not. It doesnt have to be the immediate successor either. When Rick Pitino left Kentucky, Tubby Smith kept winning, albeit not to Wildcats fans expectations, until he resigned in 2007. But Billy Gillispie, who followed Smith to Lexington, didnt win at all and was out after just two seasons. Guthridge, who called Smith the best basketball coach ever, said he met Paterno in the 70s when the Penn State coach tried to recruit him to take over the Nittany Lions basketball program. He followed Paternos career through the years and said he had the utmost respect for what Paterno accomplished in his career, holding him in the same regard he held Smith. Perkins, who went 1-3 against Paterno, echoed Guthridges sentiments regarding Paterno. The former Tide coach said Bryant is Mr. Alabama and Paterno is absolutely Mr. Penn State, and that he was sad to see Paternos career closing in this manner. There is no question filling Paternos office in the Lasch Building is not a task that will be taken lightly. Whoever steps in will be asked to follow a legend, to continue the success Paterno sustained and honor his ideals. While this story is yet to be written, the past shows that the next in line at Penn State will have a monumental task in front of them. I went in there with my eyes open and full of pride and honor to have been the guy chose to follow [Bryant], Perkins said. Thats how I still feel, I still feel it. I would have done it 10,000 times had I had the opportunity. Thats the way I felt, thats they way I reacted. To email reporter: adr5079@psu.edu



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Nick Sukay (1) and Michael Zordich (9) take down an Eastern Michigan player at Beaver Stadium.

Players, Paterno emotional at meeting

By Joe McIntyre

Michael Mauti (42) attempts to tackle Temples Bernard Pierce (30).

Hes ingrained in the fabric of everything Penn State. Not just the now of this team and the nine games before his announcement at 11 a.m. Wednesday morning. And not just the last half decade or six decades. Joe Paterno is in the blood of Penn State and its players. His attitude and his dedication runs not only through this teams veins, but their parents veins and their grandparents veins. He epitomizes this university. But hes gone. Fired from the tradition he built during his more than six decades in State College. Joe Paterno is Penn State, and a lot of people know that and know what Im talking about, linebacker Nate Stupar said Wednesday afternoon before Paterno was fired. Its going to be weird to come around next season watching the sidelines and not seeing Joe, not seeing him in the press [box] or anything. Its a

difficult time right now. It all happened so fast. Just days ago the team was enjoying a Saturday off. Many went home to be with their families. No one saw this coming. The legend was supposed to be the coach of the Lions forever. Of course hes 84 years old, but the thought never crept into the minds of the team, fullback Michael Zordich said. As players flowed out of the Lasch Building following the official announcement of Paternos retirement, some had their heads down, some had their hoods on. Some walked away and gave only a shake of the hand, too distraught to comment. Some spoke, though. It may have been with an implausible look on their face and a glassedover look in their eyes, but they tried to express what the end meant. As he was asked his first question, Zordich, the son of a former Lion defensive back, uttered an exasperated sigh and shook his

head. His eyes were red. I never thought that I would hear those words come from Joe Paternos mouth, Zordich said before Paternos removal. Hes been here for so long, its unfortunate to have to hear them. As Paterno stepped up to the podium in the squad room of the Lasch Building, players were waiting for the inevitable. Their coach, the one with 409 wins, the wrinkled face and thick, Coke bottle glasses was going to tell them that they were to be the last team he will ever coach. They didnt know they had already seen his last game. After 45 years as head coach of the Lions, this 8-1 team ended it. These 123 guys were the last ones Paterno coached at Beaver Stadium. He was crying, very depressed, cornerback Stephon Morris said of Paterno before his termination. Never seen Coach get like that. Never seen coaches get that way. Never seen nobody get that down before.

The team received a text message just after 10 a.m. this morning. A previously unscheduled meeting was going to be held in the Lasch Building. Team meetings are generally at 2:45 p.m. before practice at 4:30. They werent exactly positive as to the message of the meeting, but there was a general sentiment as to what the news would be. The team heard the rumors, they saw what the masses were saying. But still, Joe would never leave. Not like this. Its huge, I cant really wrap my head around it right now, linebacker Michael Mauti said before Paterno was fired. As a team, we just got out of that meeting in there, and its not really something I can describe in words. After Paterno gave his speech, the players gave a standing ovation. Paterno is someone who embodies and exemplifies dedication and perseverance, offensive lineman Chima Okoli said. They were in the presence of greatness at its weakest.

Okoli said Paternos last words before he left explained how the players would forever be linked to Penn State football. They would forever be a family. I came here a boy, and Im going to leave a man, Okoli said before Paterno was fired. And thats all due to Joe Paterno. Still, somehow, the team needs to put this behind them. They need to put behind the fact that they will be the team by which Joe Paterno will be forever synonymized. For good or bad, this group of young men is the denouement of Paternos illustrious coaching career. Im going to be playing my last football game with some people that Ive spent five years with some people I really, really care about, senior safety Drew Astorino said. Were playing for all weve worked for in the past five years. Im not sure what to expect, but I know were going to play together. To email reporter: jrm5401@psu.edu

Former players remember iconic coach

Editors note: All interviews were conducted before Paterno was fired by the Board of Trustees Wednesday night.
By Steven Petrella

When Jack Ham was just an 18year-old nobody, Joe Paterno gave him a chance. Twenty-two years later, when Ham was being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, Paterno was his presenter. To the former Penn State linebacker, there was no second, third or fourth choice regarding whom would be there to help him cross the threshold from greatness to legendary in Canton. And Ham owes all of it to Paterno. He did more for me than anybody else in my life, Ham said. I will always be in debt to him. Paterno announced Wednesday that he would step down as head coach at the conclusion of the 2011 season during the fallout of former defensive coordinator Jerry Sanduskys indictment by a grand jury on charges of child abuse. The 84-year-old leaves the program as college footballs winningest coach at the Division-I level and has helped establish Penn States overall image of character and Success with Honor. I think hes done an outstanding job of creating an identity for an entire university the way the ran the football program, former tight end Mickey Shuler Sr., who played from 1976-1979, said. Im proud to have been associated with him and the things that have happened at Penn State. Im sure when this settles, Penn State will continue to do things with the right attitude and the right actions. Ham, who is synonymous with Penn States history of outstanding linebackers, got the last scholarship offer Paterno had to give after the linebacker finished a post-graduate year at Massanutten Military Academy in Woodstock, Va. He gave Ham the opportunity and it changed his life forever. Without him, I dont know where my life would be, Ham said. I wasnt Jack Ham the allpro player. I was just a nobody 18year-old. For former offensive guard Ron Coder, Paterno changed his life for the better, as well. He belonged to a military family - his father was stationed in Japan during his high school days. Coders grandfather sent some Penn State assistant coaches, with whom he was close, a Christmas card. And since Coder was so much bigger than his brothers at the time, Penn State

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Jack Ham (33) played under Joe Paterno in the 1960s and 1970s, earning All-American recognition.
helped turn boys into men during his 62 years in Happy Valley, he won some football games too. Some big football games. And he won a lot of them. Coder said Paternos coaching in terms of football preparation and adjustment is unparalleled. The press always teased Penn State for being three yards and a cloud of dust. Dive left, dive right and punt, Coder said of the Nittany Lions simple offenses run under Paterno. Coder played with Heisman Trophy winner John Cappelletti and said his former teammate is one of the most humble guys he knows. He credits some of that to what Paterno did to keep his team grounded and in control, no matter how much success the players had on the field. You see a guy like John, he probably wouldve been OK if he was cocky because of what he accomplished, Coder said. Hes one of the most humble guys youll ever meet and thats the kind of character Joe develops at Penn State. The Penn State football player is humble and when you get out, it stays with you. Shuler said while Paterno always kept it simple, it was about playing the percentages and keeping everything within reach and reason. I dont think much has changed in the game of football, different situations, Shuler said of how Paterno coaches now, but its the same stuff we did when I was playing there. Coder said Paterno was able to Teaching life lessons Forever linked create a fraternal atmosphere Shuler said hes been able to While Paterno has devoted throughout the program. carry the life lessons instilled by most of his life to Penn State and It wasnt just a single class or a said he could walk on and try to earn a scholarship. And he did. The lessons that you learn and you take care of the little things and the big things will take care of themselves, Coder said. Just the development of character and the emphasis and you be a good person in the community not just a good football player. A lot of his former players are doing something worthwhile. So thats a tribute to his teachings and his leadership. Former defensive end Dave Robinson said he remembers a game in the early 1960s when Paterno was still an assistant under Penn State coach Rip Engle, in which the head coach was so upset about how his team played, he wouldnt talk to his players at halftime. So Paterno stepped up, with the team down, and said, You guys just broke the heart of one of the greatest men in football. The team took to Paternos words immediately and went out and dominated in the second half to get the win. Even as an assistant, he motivated. He coached. He inspired that second half comeback. I cant understand why everyone wants to try and ruin the name of one of the greatest coaches in football, Robinson said. Theres so many bad things in football that we never get to cherish the good things. Joe Paterno is one of the good things about football. Joe Paterno is one of the good things about Penn State and about college football in general. Paterno with him well past his days on the football field. I think Joes been one of the most consistent influences in my life as far as a coach, Shuler said. The things he created for myself and my teammates are life long things and I think hes always been able to figure out how to handle all kinds of situations from when I as there. Former offensive tackle Gerald Cadogan said Paterno had an unparalleled ability to motivate his players. But it wasnt just on the field. Paternos tools in motivation applied in the classroom and throughout the entire university, which encompasses everything hes stood for and everything that has been established. Ill remember his mindset and his mentality to motivate us, Cadogan said. Not only for that game or that week, but in life and things that I still carry with me today. Ham said his most important lesson learned under the Hall of Fame coach was how to be a human being and not let football consume everything. He wanted his players to stay levelheaded. He made you understand, when youre an 18, 19-year-old, just because youre a football player, doesnt make you any better or any worse, Ham said. Football is not the most important thing in your life. I always carry that with me in my life after Penn State. You can go out and be a positive role model in your life moving forward.

single team, but its the entire community spanning from the 1960s to today. Coder said hes still friendly with guys from teams in the 1980s, although he played in the early 70s. He added the players from the early 2000s, in which the program struggled, still share that fraternal bond with players from 30 years prior. That would be a common theme through all the guys, he really emphasized respect for others, Coder said. He developed a chemistry among teams thats still there today. He created a common bond even with guys that didnt play on such good teams. Its a great fraternity. And now the team will have to continue that bond without Paterno. Theyve shown a resilience all year by winning close games. Theyve been through all that, Ham said. The most talented football team? Probably not. But as a team, you gather that resolve and realize that [this Saturday] is the seniors last game. This team has shown the ability to stay focused and win pressure games and this is just another one. Cadogan said the team just has to push everything aside, although he said it would definitely be a distraction during the week. Its going to come down to the senior leadership and knowing that Nebraska is a good, solid team, Cadogan said. They just have to stay focused and go out there and continue to win because theyve done nothing wrong in this situation. Shuler said regardless of any situation, Paterno has found a way to handle it. Family issues, his kids falling off a trampoline or anything else - the team was ready to play come Saturday. He always found a way to keep the team focused and things moving in the right direction, Shuler said. His actions and his standards...hes been golden. But now, with all that has engulfed State College and made it the pinpoint of the national medias focus during the last five days, Shuler still thinks Penn State will return to its days of character that Paterno prided himself and his program on. Even though he wont be here, Paterno has paved the way for that. My whole entire family has gone to Penn State. Were very Penn State proud and Im sure Penn State will bring itself back in the right directions and the right sequence of events, Shuler said. Positive things will come out of this. I just feel awful for the alleged victims. But Im sure the Penn State way will prevail. To email reporter: sjp5260@psu.edu

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Not much has changed about Joe. He may be a little bit more wrinkled, his step may be a little bit slower and his hair may be a little grayer, but he's still Joe. He's still the same Joe that joined the Penn State staff as an assistant coach for Rip Engle in 1950. He's still the same Joe that created a national powerhouse at a farm school in the middle of Pennsylvania. And he's still the same Joe that changed the landscape of college football. Some may say their perception of the coach has changed over the last week, but behind those cokebottled glasses and rolled up khakis is the same man that has patroled the Penn State sideline for 62 years. People's opinion can change. But Joe's image will last forever.


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