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FILE - In this Jan. 1, 1983 file photo, Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno waves as he gets a victory ride in the Louisiana Superdome after winning the national championship with a 27-23 win over Georgia in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.

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Joe Paterno, born in Brooklyn in 1926, has been the head football coach at Penn State since 1965.

ANN ARBOR, MI - FILE: Coach Joe Paterno
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ANN ARBOR, MI - FILE: Coach Joe Paterno of the Penn State Nittany Lions watches his players during a game against the Michigan Wolverines at Beaver Stadium on November 18, 1995 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. According to reports on November 9, 2011, Paterno will step down as head coach at the end of the season amid allegations that former assistant Jerry Sandusky was involved with child sex abuse. (Photo by Ken White/Allsport)

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FILE: Coach Joe Paterno
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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FILE: Coach Joe Paterno of the Penn State Nittany Lions stands on the sidelines during a game against the Temple Owls at Giants Stadium on September 21, 1996 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. According to reports on November 9, 2011, Paterno will step down as head coach at the end of the season amid allegations that former assistant Jerry Sandusky was involved with child sex abuse. (Photo by Al Bello/Allsport)

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EVANSTON, IL - FILE: Head coach Joe Paterno of the Penn State Nittany Lions gets worked up on a touchdown by wide receiver Deon Butler after falling behind the Northwestern Wildcats in the first half on September 24, 2005 at Ryan Field in Evanston, Illinois. According to reports on November 9, 2011, Paterno will step down as head coach at the end of the season amid allegations that former assistant Jerry Sandusky was involved with child sex abuse. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

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EVANSTON, IL - FILE: Coach Joe Paterno of the Penn State Nittany Lions watches his players during a game against the Northwestern Wildcats on November 4, 1995 at Dyche Stadium in Evanston, Illinois. According to reports on November 9, 2011, Paterno will step down as head coach at the end of the season amid allegations that former assistant Jerry Sandusky was involved with child sex abuse. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Allsport)

FILE - In this Dec. 6, 1973 file
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FILE - In this Dec. 6, 1973 file photo, Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, right, looks at the Lambert trophy in New York, along with Penn State's Robert J. Scannell, Dean of the College of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, and Edward M. Czekaj, director of Athletics. Paterno say he plans to retire at the end of the season, his long and illustrious career brought down because he failed to do all he could about an allegation of child sex abuse against a former assistant. (AP Photo/Dave Pickoff, File)

Coach Joe Paterno of the Penn State Nittany
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Coach Joe Paterno of the Penn State Nittany Lions directs play against the Florida Gators Jan. 1, 2011 in the 25th Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. According to reports on November 9, 2011, Paterno will step down as head coach at the end of the season amid allegations that former assistant Jerry Sandusky was involved with child sex abuse. (Jan. 1, 2011)

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Head coach Joe Paterno of the Penn State Nittany Lions during warmups before facing the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium. (Sept. 11, 2010)

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FILE: Coach Joe Paterno
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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FILE: Coach Joe Paterno of the Penn State Nittany Lions stands on the sidelines during a game against the Temple Owls at Giants Stadium on September 21, 1996 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. According to reports on November 9, 2011, Paterno will step down as head coach at the end of the season amid allegations that former assistant Jerry Sandusky was involved with child sex abuse. (Photo by Al Bello/Allsport)

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FILE - In this Jan. 1, 1983 file
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FILE - In this Jan. 1, 1983 file photo, Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno waves as he gets a victory ride in the Louisiana Superdome after winning the national championship with a 27-23 win over Georgia in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.

THIS CORRECTS THE DATE TO JAN. 1, 1983,
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THIS CORRECTS THE DATE TO JAN. 1, 1983, NOT JAN. 2 - FILE - In this Jan. 1, 1983 file photo, Penn State football coach Joe Paterno celebrates as he is carried off the field after a 27-23 victory against Georgia in the Sugar Bowl, to claim the national championship, at the Superdome in New Orleans. Paterno say he plans to retire at the end of the season, his long and illustrious career brought down because he failed to do all he could about an allegation of child sex abuse against a former assistant. (AP Photo/File)

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2010 file
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FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2010 file photo, Penn State football coach Joe Paterno is carried off the field by his players after getting his 400th collegiate win, a 38-21 victory over Northwestern, in State College, Pa. Paterno say he plans to retire at the end of the season, his long and illustrious career brought down because he failed to do all he could about an allegation of child sex abuse against a former assistant. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

FILE - In this Jan. 1, 1983 file
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FILE - In this Jan. 1, 1983 file photo, Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno takes a victory ride from his players on the field at the Superdome after winning the Sugar Bowl and national championship in New Orleans. Penn State football coach Joe Paterno say he plans to retire at the end of the season, his long and illustrious career brought down because he failed to do all he could about an allegation of child sex abuse against a former assistant. (AP Photo/File)

Penn State coach Joe Paterno arrives home in
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Penn State coach Joe Paterno arrives home in State College, Pa. (Nov. 9, 2011)

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Penn State football coach Joe Paterno arrives home
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Penn State football coach Joe Paterno arrives home Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, in State College, Pa. Paterno has decided to retire at the end of the season, his long career brought down by his failure to do more about an allegation of child sex abuse against a former assistant. Paterno said in a statement Wednesday he is "absolutely devastated" by the developments in the case of Jerry Sandusky, a former defensive coordinator accused of molesting eight boys over 15 years. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

JOE PATERNO, Penn State football coach “JoePa,” who
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JOE PATERNO, Penn State football coach
“JoePa,” who built a legacy through 46 celebrated years as head football coach at Penn State only to see it shaken by a child abuse scandal involving a longtime associate, died of complications of lung cancer on Sunday morning, Jan. 22, 2012. He was 85. Read Joe Paterno's obituary | Joe Paterno photos

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Penn State head coach Joe Paterno is celebrated for his 324th career win through defeating Ohio State after the game at Beaver Field. According to reports on November 9, 2011, Paterno will step down as head coach at the end of the season amid allegations that former assistant Jerry Sandusky was involved with child sex abuse. (Oct. 27, 2001)

ANN ARBOR, MI - FILE: Coach Joe Paterno
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ANN ARBOR, MI - FILE: Coach Joe Paterno of the Penn State Nittany Lions watches his players during a game against the Michigan Wolverines at Beaver Stadium on November 18, 1995 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. According to reports on November 9, 2011, Paterno will step down as head coach at the end of the season amid allegations that former assistant Jerry Sandusky was involved with child sex abuse. (Photo by Ken White/Allsport)

FILE - In this Jan. 2, 1995 file
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FILE - In this Jan. 2, 1995 file photo, Penn State head coach Joe Paterno smiles as he celebrates his team's victory over the University of Oregon in the Rose Bowl college game in Pasadena, Calif. Paterno say he plans to retire at the end of the season, his long and illustrious career brought down because he failed to do all he could about an allegation of child sex abuse against a former assistant. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

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FILE - In this Sept. 12, 1998 file
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FILE - In this Sept. 12, 1998 file photo, Penn State football coach Joe Paterno cheers on his players as he runs onto the field before a game against Bowling Green in State College, Pa. Paterno say he plans to retire at the end of the season, his long and illustrious career brought down because he failed to do all he could about an allegation of child sex abuse against a former assistant. (AP Photo/Chris Gardner, File)

FILE - In this Feb. 16, 1966 file
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FILE - In this Feb. 16, 1966 file photo, new Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno poses with his one-year-old daughter Mary Kathryn on his lap and his wife Suzanne, with two-year-old daughter Diana Lynne, at their home in University Park, Pa. Paterno say he plans to retire at the end of the season, his long and illustrious career brought down because he failed to do all he could about an allegation of child sex abuse against a former assistant. (AP Photo/Paul Vathis, File)

Penn State head coach Joe Paterno, right, watches
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Penn State head coach Joe Paterno, right, watches the beginning of NCAA college football practice as Sam Ficken kicks in State College, Pa., Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011. Paterno said earlier Wednesday he will retire at the end of this season. (AP Photo/The Patriot-News, Joe Hermitt)

Penn State football coach Joe Paterno sits in
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Penn State football coach Joe Paterno sits in a cart at the beginning of practice at the fields behind the Lasch Football Building on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, in State College, Pa. Paterno said earlier Wednesday he will retire at the end of this season. At right is Tommy Venturino, director of football operations. (AP Photo/The Patriot-News, Joe Hermitt)

Penn State coach Joe Paterno watches his football
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Penn State coach Joe Paterno watches his football team practice, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, in State College, Pa. Paterno, who preached success with honor for half a century but whose legend was shattered by a child sex abuse scandal, said Wednesday that he will retire at the end of this season. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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Penn State coach Joe Paterno looks on during football practice. (Nov. 9, 2011)

Penn State coach Joe Paterno looks on during
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Penn State coach Joe Paterno looks on during football practice, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, in State College, Pa. Paterno, who preached success with honor for half a century but whose legend was shattered by a child sex abuse scandal, said Wednesday that he will retire at the end of this season. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

STATE COLLEGE, PA - NOVEMBER 09: Penn State
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STATE COLLEGE, PA - NOVEMBER 09: Penn State University head football coach Joe Paterno leaves his house on November 9, 2011 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Penn State coach Joe Paterno watches his football
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Penn State coach Joe Paterno watches his football team practice, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, in State College, Pa. Paterno, who preached success with honor for half a century but whose legend was shattered by a child sex abuse scandal, said Wednesday that he will retire at the end of this season. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Penn State football coach Joe Paterno leaves his
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Penn State football coach Joe Paterno leaves his home in State College, Pa., Tuesday Nov. 8, 2011. Paterno's support among the Penn State board of trustees was described as "eroding" Tuesday, threatening to end the 84-year-old coach's career amid a child sex-abuse scandal involving a former assistant and one-time heir apparent. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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Penn State coach Joe Paterno is driven away
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Penn State coach Joe Paterno is driven away from the Louis and Mildred Lasch Football Building on the school campus in State College, Pa., Tuesday Nov. 8, 2011. Paterno's support among the Penn State board of trustees was described as "eroding" Tuesday, threatening to end the 84-year-old coach's career amid a child sex-abuse scandal involving a former assistant and one-time heir apparent. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, second from
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Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, second from left, leaves the Louis and Mildred Lasch Football Building on the school campus in State College, Pa., Tuesday Nov. 8, 2011. Paterno's support among the Penn State board of trustees was described as "eroding" Tuesday, threatening to end the 84-year-old coach's career amid a child sex-abuse scandal involving a former assistant and one-time heir apparent. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Penn State football coach Joe Paterno leaves the
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Penn State football coach Joe Paterno leaves the Louis and Mildred Lasch Football Building on the school campus in State College, Pa., Tuesday Nov. 8, 2011. Paterno's support among the Penn State board of trustees was described as "eroding" Tuesday, threatening to end the 84-year-old coach's career amid a child sex-abuse scandal involving a former assistant and one-time heir apparent. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, center, leaves
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Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, center, leaves the Louis and Mildred Lasch Football Building on the school campus in State College, Pa., Tuesday Nov. 8, 2011. Paterno's support among the Penn State board of trustees was described as "eroding" Tuesday, threatening to end the 84-year-old coach's career amid a child sex-abuse scandal involving a former assistant and one-time heir apparent. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA - NOVEMBER 08: Penn State
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UNIVERSITY PARK, PA - NOVEMBER 08: Penn State University head football coach Joe Paterno leaves the team's football building on November 8, 2011 in University Park, Pennsylvania. Amid allegations that former assistant Jerry Sandusky was involved with child sex abuse, Paterno's weekly news conference was canceled about an hour before it was scheduled to occur. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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UNIVERSITY PARK, PA - NOVEMBER 08: Penn State
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UNIVERSITY PARK, PA - NOVEMBER 08: Penn State University head football coach Joe Paterno is surrounded by the media while leaving the team's football building on November 8, 2011 in University Park, Pennsylvania. Amid allegations that former assistant Jerry Sandusky was involved with child sex abuse, Paterno's weekly news conference was canceled about an hour before it was scheduled to occur. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Penn State football coach Joe Paterno is driven
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Penn State football coach Joe Paterno is driven away from Louis and Mildred Lasch Football Building on the school campus in State College, Pa. (Nov. 8, 2011)

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA - NOVEMBER 08: Penn State
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UNIVERSITY PARK, PA - NOVEMBER 08: Penn State University head football coach Joe Paterno is surrounded by the media while leaving the team's football building on November 8, 2011 in University Park, Pennsylvania. Amid allegations that former assistant Jerry Sandusky was involved with child sex abuse, Paterno's weekly news conference was canceled about an hour before it was scheduled to occur. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

Penn State football coach Joe Paterno gets into
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Penn State football coach Joe Paterno gets into a car outside of his home in State College, Pa. (Nov. 8, 2011)

Penn State coach Joe Paterno answers questions during
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Penn State coach Joe Paterno answers questions during his weekly NCAA college football news conference on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011, in State College, Pa.

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Joe Paterno receives a plaque celebrating his 409th
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Joe Paterno receives a plaque celebrating his 409th career win after the game against the Illinois Fighting Illini. (Oct. 29, 2011)

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