Former Penn State coach Joe Paterno, who was battling lung cancer, died Sunday morning. He was 85. Mount Nittany Medical Center said the cause of death was a spreading lung cancer (read the AP story). The legendary Penn State coach and the all-time winningest college football coach was diagnosed with the cancer in November, days after getting ousted as head coach in the aftermath of the child sex abuse charges against former assistant Jerry Sandusky.
Find the full statement from the Paterno family on the passing of Joe Paterno that was released Sunday morning. Also, watch the video reaction now.
Penn State, college football and the nation have lost an icon with the passing of Joe Paterno, who succumbed to a short battle with lung cancer. For almost the last 50 years, Paterno, 85, became the face of Penn State, if not the college football world. Prowling the sideline of Beaver Stadium in his pant legs rolled up exposing his white socks and sporting his famously thick, black glasses, Paterno would become the all-time winningest coach in major college history.
With the death of Joe Paterno, we invite you to leave your respects for the former Penn State football coach via the comments box at the end of this post. BTN.com will display a sampling of the submissions. You can also leave your comments on the Big Ten Network’s Facebook page. Watch our video Remembering Joe Paterno now. Also, in this post, find Twitter reaction to Paterno’s death.
Ten of the 12 Big Ten women’s basketball teams were in action Sunday, including No. 12 Ohio State, which took down Illinois 96-84. Samantha Prahalis scored 28 points in the victory to move the Buckeyes one-half game behind Purdue for the Big Ten lead. Track all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and find stats, video and recaps in this post.
Ohio State beat Nebraska 79-45 on Saturday night. In the other games, Michigan lost at Arkansas while Michigan State used its efficient offense to power past Purdue 83-58 on Saturday in East Lansing. Michigan State (16-4) shot 60 percent from the field (30-of-50). Draymond Green picked up the Spartans with eight points, 12 rebounds, and seven assists. We put in-game updates and other links in this post.
Michigan State was in command for most of the game against Purdue on Saturday, but late in the second half Branden Dawson threw down an impressive dunk, one of several in the game for the 6-foot-6 Spartans freshman forward. Dawson had a quality shooting game, nailing 6-of-7 shots from the field and scoring 14 points.