Joseph Vincent "Joe" Paterno ( born December 21, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York, † January 22, 2012 in State College, Pennsylvania ) was one of America's most successful American football coach in college football.
Paterno graduated from Brown University and played there, among other things as a quarterback Football.
Paterno coached from 1966 to 2011, the football team of Pennsylvania State University. From 1950 to 1965 he worked there as an assistant coach. After 1986, the National Championship NCAA won for the second time, Paterno was honored by the U.S. magazine Sports Illustrated as Sportsman of the Year.
He won with his team's 409 games, more than any other coach before him. He won with his team twice the College Football National Championship three times and the championship of the Big Ten Conference. However, the investigations were a total of 112 victories deprived of child abuse on July 23, 2012 in the period 1998-2011 by the NCAA in the course. Thus, the number of wins reduced to 298 and Paterno fell from the first rank to fifth
2007 Paterno was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
In the course of an investigation of child abuse against his former longtime defensive coordinator, Jerry Sandusky, Paterno announced on November 9, 2011 that the end of the season, he quit as coach and will go into retirement. A few hours later, however, he was dismissed from the Pennsylvania State University with immediate effect. Against Paterno himself was not calculated because he had acted legally correct when he the triggering observation of an incident in 2002 on the campus of the University by his assistant coach, Mike McQueary, promptly to the sports director Tim Curley and vice president of the University Gary Schultz passed on.
In addition to a 60 - million-dollar fine and a four-year ban on bowl games of the University have all been won since the 1998 victory denied. Thus Joe Paternos record as coach of the victorious richest College football is invalid. He died of complications from lung cancer.