Former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, 85, died on Jan. 22. A little more than a week after getting his record-setting 409th win, his storied, 46-year career underwent a stark revision — tarnished by a child sexual abuse scandal at Penn State involving a former assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky.
Paterno had been in the hospital since Jan. 13 as he dealt with treatment related to lung cancer. On Saturday, his family released a statement saying major college football’s winningest coach was in serious condition. Word spread that he was near death. On campus in State College, hundreds of students and fans gathered for an impromptu vigil at his statue across from the football field.