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Joe Paterno: A look back

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Penn State football coach Joe Paterno leaves Beaver Stadium after his weekly NCAA college football news conference in 2010 in State College, Pa. Paterno, the longtime Penn State coach who won more games than anyone else in major college football but was fired amid a child sex abuse scandal that scarred his reputation for winning with integrity, died Sunday.

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In 1965, Joe Paterno, associate football coach at Penn State, directs players at State College, Pa. Paterno, the longtime Penn State coach who won more games than anyone else in major college football but was fired amid a child sex abuse scandal that scarred his reputation for winning with integrity, died Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012. He was 85.

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In 1966, Joe Paterno, new head football coach at Penn State, left, poses with his 2-year-old daughter Diana Lynne Paterno, right on mother's lap, his wife Suzanne Paterno and their 1-year-old daughter Mary Kathryn Paterno, on father's lap, in his home in State College, Pa.

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Penn State football coach Joe Paterno is embraced by his wife, Sue, after Penn State's 30-6 victory over Texas in the Cotton Bowl Jan. 1, 1972, in Dallas.

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Penn State running back John Cappelletti, left, stands with football coach Joe Paterno and actor Bob Hope after being named the 1973 Heisman winner in New York.

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Joe Paterno, head coach of the Penn State football feam, clutches the Lambert Trophy in New York, after it was awarded to his team as emblematic of collegiate grid supremacy in the East.

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Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno takes a victory ride from his players after defeating Georgia 27-23 in the Sugar Bowl Jan. 1, 1983, at the Supderdome in New Orleans, to win the national championship.

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Penn State coach Joe Paterno is carried off after defeating Miami, 14-10, in the Fiesta Bowl Jan. 2, 1987, to win the national championship, in Tempe, Ariz.

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Penn State coach Joe Paterno leads his team onto the field before an NCAA college football game against Akron Sept. 4, 2004, in State College, Pa.

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Penn State football coach Joe Paterno acknowledges the crowd during warmups before the game against Wisconsin in 2005 in State College, Pa.

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Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, left, follows his players onto the field prior to the start of the 2006 Orange Bowl against Florida State at Dolphins Stadium in Miami.

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Penn State football coach Joe Paterno holds a news conference before the 2009 Blue and White spring college football scrimmage at Penn State in State College, Pa.

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Penn State coach Joe Paterno yells to an official during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Akron Sept. 5, 2009 in State College, Pa.

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Penn State coach Joe Paterno is carried off the field by his players after getting his 400th collegiate win after their 38-21 victory over Northwestern in an NCAA college football game Nov. 6, 2010, in State College, Pa.

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Penn State football coach Joe Paterno arrives home in State College, Pa.

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Former Penn State Coach Joe Paterno and his wife, Sue Paterno, stand on their porch to thank supporters gathered outside their home in State College, Pa. Nov. 9, 2011.

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Former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno gestures as while interviewed at his home in State College, Pa. In his first public comments since being fired two months ago, Paterno told The Washington Post he "didn't know which way to go" after an assistant coach came to him in 2002 saying he had seen retired defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky sexually abusing a boy.

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Susan Paterno, left, sits with her husband, former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno as he is interviewed Jan. 12, 2012, at his home in State College, Pa. In his first public comments since being fired two months ago, Paterno told The Washington Post he "didn't know which way to go" after an assistant coach came to him in 2002 saying he had seen retired defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky sexually abusing a boy.

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Candles and memorabilia are placed by well wishers at the foot of a statue of Joe Paterno outside Beaver Stadium on the Penn State University campus Saturday.

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David Marselles, a senior at Penn State from Allentown, Pa., stands with a cardboard cutout of Joe Paterno near a statue of Paterno outside Beaver Stadium on the Penn State University campus Saturday in State College, Pa., after Paterno's doctors said the former coach's condition has become 'serious' after he experienced complications from lung cancer in recent days.

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Candles and memorabilia are placed by well wishers at the foot of a statue of Joe Paterno outside Beaver Stadium on the Penn State University campus Saturday.

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Candles and memorabilia are placed by well wishers at the foot of a statue of Joe Paterno outside Beaver Stadium on the Penn State University campus Saturday.

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People gather around a statue of Joe Paterno outside Beaver Stadium on the Penn State University campus after learning of his death Sunday in State College, Pa.

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Items left at the foot of a statue of Joe Paterno lie outside Beaver Stadium on the Penn State University campus after news of his death Sunday in State College, Pa.

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Items left at the foot of a statue of Joe Paterno lie outside Beaver Stadium on the Penn State University campus after news of his death Sunday in State College, Pa.

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A statue of Joe Paterno stands outside Beaver Stadium on the Penn State University campus.

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Laura Scott of State College, Pa., places a rose at the foot of a statue of Joe Paterno outside Beaver Stadium on the Penn State University campus after learning of his death Sunday in State College,Pa.

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