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Sandusky Calls Paterno’s Death A Sad Day

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Jerry Sandusky, the retired Penn State assistant coach who faces child sex abuse charges in a case that led to the firing of Joe Paterno, called the death of his former boss a sad loss Sunday.

“This is a sad day! Our family, Dottie and I would like to convey our deepest sympathy to Sue and her family,” Sandusky said in a statement. “Nobody will be able to take away the memories we all shared of a great man, his family, and all the wonderful people who were a part of his life.”

Sandusky is awaiting trial on 52 criminal counts for what prosecutors say was sexual abuse of 10 children over 15 years. He denies the allegations.

Sandusky was Paterno’s top assistant for years until he retired in 1999, and he said he remembered Paterno as a great man who met high standards in a difficult job.

“He maintained a high standard in a very difficult profession. Joe preached toughness, hard work and clean competition,” Sandusky said. “Most importantly, he had the courage to practice what he preached.”

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  • Dee

    Lung cancer took the life of Joe Pa not Sandusky.. JoePa too strong for that..
    as for Sandusky he needs to keep his mouth shut! He has no right to ever mention Joe Paterno, who was a humble good human being.
    God Bless you Joe and to your family. Joe you fought a good fight and lived an amazing life …. evidence by so many people that you have influenced and made such a difference.. Rest in Peace

    • Anon513

      Very well said, Dee. Amen to everything you said about Joe Pa. May he Rest In Peace. Prayers for the Paterno Family.

  • Witchey Majic

    look-i dont know what to say here-being older–i remember when i was young-and people got beat-no one said anything-u were taught to keep things that happened to yourselfs-then in the late 70’s that changed-and people told if they got hurt-or beat-or whatever-joe was older then me-so he said he didnt know what to do–so he did what he thought best-and told others-and u all condemmed him-a regular witch hunt—-blasting him-u know him all those years-u knew he was an honorable man-i will never forget him-and will teach my children his legasy—how could u all sit in judgement—–and if u all feel like gods-condeming men that are not proven guilty yet?? where is ur forgiveness-i love u joepa—and those that knew you—knew u were a great man—-coach that team in heaven now–condulaces to the family-and u all at penn state-ur officals–u should be ashamed of urselfs—u destroyed him!!!!!

  • Hater

    Sandusky is the cancer that killed Joe.

  • Mother Nature

    This POS shouldn’t even open his mouth during this time of respect for Joe. No paper should cover this isiots comments.

    • WhoCares

      Agree! No one cares what he thinks at this point. He was NO friend of Joe’s!

    • Beverly Hills

      I agree. Why would any reporter go to sandusky for a comment. He surely didn’t come to the reporter on his own. This is absurd. Who cares what he and his family thinks. It’s one thing for Sandusky to mak a comment. It quite another for you to report on it. !!!!!

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