Dec. 21, 1926 - Jan. 22, 2012
One of the most successful college football coaches ever, "JoePa" spent 45 years as head coach for Penn State University, winning two national titles in 1982 and 1986. His legacy was tarnished when one of his assistants, Jerry Sandusky, was found guilty of sexually abusing children. Paterno was fired in November 2011, just months before his death. Paterno had a 298-136-3 record in his 45 seasons with the Nittany Lions, before 111 wins were vacated from his record due to the scandal, leaving him as the 12th winningest coach in NCAA history. After his death, the NCAA punished Penn State with the most severe sanctions it's ever handed down, including $60 million in fines, a bowl ban and loss of scholarships.
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