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Al Pacino Set to Play Disgraced Penn State Coach in New Joe Paterno Biopic

By Darrick Thomas on
(Photo: Getty Images)In Hollywood, there's no such thing as "too soon." Every momentous news event is fodder for screenplays, and the turnaround time from real-life to big screen adaptation is becoming shorter and shorter. Which is why news of a movie surrounding the life of Joe Paterno shouldn't come as a shock (even though many of the Penn State faithful in "Happy Valley" are up in arms about the project. The Paterno biopic has tentatively signed Hollywood legend Al Pacino to play the late...Read Full Story

Joe Paterno Memorial Photos and Video

By Adam Wenger on
Well over 10,000 people turned out Thursday for a memorial service remembering Joe Paterno. The former Penn State football coach died of lung cancer at the age of 85 on Sunday. Among the people who spoke were JoePa's son, Jay, and NIKE founder and CEO Phil Knight. The latter drew an overwhelmingly positive response when he defended the Hall of Fame coach for his involvement with the now infamous Penn State sex scandal. “If there is a villain in this tragedy, it lies in that investigation and...Read Full Story

Joe Paterno Dead at 85: Update and Full Statement

By Deena Bustillo on
Joe Paterno, the legendary Penn State football coach, passed away this morning at the age of 85 after a short battle with lung cancer. The coach's family issued a statement about his passing immediately following the news."He died as he lived. He fought hard until the end, stayed positive, thought only of others and constantly reminded everyone of how blessed his life had been," reads his family's statement (via TMZ). "His ambitions were far reaching, but he never believed he had to leave...Read Full Story

Joe Paterno Near Death: Update

By Deena Bustillo on
Joe Paterno, the legendary former Penn State football coach, is reportedly near death. TMZ reports Paterno's family's rep says doctors have "characterized his status as serious," though his lawyer denied reports that he had already passed away.A local paper is also reporting the coach's wife Sue has called on close friends and longtime staff members to State College hospital, apparently to say final goodbyes. The campus paper alleges Paterno has been taken off his respirator. Paterno was...Read Full Story

Joe Paterno Lung Cancer Update

By Deena Bustillo on
Joe Paterno was diagnosed with lung cancer about a week ago and the information was made public Friday, adding another layer to the already complicated story of the former Penn State coach who was fired in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal."He is currently undergoing treatment, and his doctors are optimistic that he will make a full recovery," Joe's son Scott Paterno said in a statement (via CNN). "As everyone can appreciate, this is a deeply personal matter for my parents...Read Full Story

Joe Paterno, Penn State Blue Out News and Pictures

By Adam Wenger on
As the fall out from the Penn State sex-abuse scandal continues, people have scoured the Internet in search of the latest Joe Paterno and Nittany Lions news. The latest: The Penn State Blue Out. In the past, fans of the football team have worn all white to certain home games. That was called a "White Out." Now, the 8-1 Nittany Lions will play host to Nebraska in front of an all blue crowd. "In addition to being the color of our team's home game jerseys, blue represents the color of bruises...Read Full Story

Penn State Assistant Coach Mike McQueary Put on Leave, Will Not Coach

By Darrick Thomas on
The fallout from the Penn State scandal continues as assistant coach Mike McQueary, a key witness in the child abuse charges brought against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, was put on administrative leave. The leave comes after the university announced McQueary would not be on the field for the Nittany Lions Saturday home game against Nebraska after the assistant coach received numerous death threats.Interim school president Rodney Erickson explained that McQueary was not put on...Read Full Story

Artist Removes Jerry Sandusky from State Mural

By Darrick Thomas on
Penn State and its sleepy town of State College, PA, has been rocked by scandal. Whether you're a sports fan or not, by now, you've probably read or heard about the legendary coach Joe Paterno's former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky's sexual abuse of underage boys and the potential cover-up by the university to keep up its reputation as wholesome and safe.Paterno and the university president have been fired, namely so that Penn State can begin the healing and moving on process from such...Read Full Story

Joe Paterno Announces Retirement Amid Penn State Sex Scandal

By Darrick Thomas on
Joe Paterno, division I college football's all-time winningest coach, will retire at the end of this season. After years of hearing that JoePa has earned the right to go out on his own terms, the Jerry Sandusky sex scandal has forced his hand because Paterno failed to do everything in his power to address allegations of child sex abuse against his former defensive coordinator.The idyllic college town of State College, PA, was hit by controversy and tragedy when it was revealed that Sandusky...Read Full Story