Reactions to the death of Joe Paterno

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“He was a tremendous teacher not because he knew all of the answers but because he challenged us to find the answers for ourselves. … His spirit will live on in all of us who had the great honor of knowing him and running out of the tunnel with him on so many autumn Saturdays.” _ Paterno assistant and former Penn State interim head coach Tom Bradley.

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“This is a sad day! … Joe preached toughness, hard work and clean competition. Most importantly, he had the courage to practice what he preached. 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.” _ retired Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, who faces child sex abuse allegations, which he has denied, in the case that led to the firing of Paterno.

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“When you think of college football and its tradition, you can’t help but picture those dark glasses, black shoes and plain uniforms that were his style and mark on Penn State.” _ Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville.

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“We came to football games just to see Joe Paterno on the sideline when we were students. He was the reason we attended so much.” _ Jamie Bloom, Penn State class of ‘92.

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“Few people are responsible for building something that will last forever. … Coach Paterno was first and foremost an educator, whose immeasurable contributions to Penn State, the coaching profession and the entirety of college sports, will be felt permanently. That is the legacy of a great leader.” _ Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski.

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“There could not have been a better experience than learning how to teach and coach the game than being around Joe Paterno and the Penn State program. Not only did I get a great education in the classrooms at Penn State, but I also learned lessons as part of the football program there that I continue to use today as part of my coaching career.” _ Connecticut coach Paul Pasqualoni, Penn State class of ‘72.

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“I would tell people not to forget what that guy has done. To coach for 60 years in one place, that just won’t ever happen again. I didn’t get to coach against him. But I got to coach in the Big Ten, sit next to him at a meeting and have my picture taken with him. That’s something I will never forget.” _ Minnesota coach Jerry Kill.

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“I’ve known Coach Paterno since I started coaching. … It’s a very sad day, and with his passing, we have lost one of the greatest coaches our game, and all sports, will ever have. He leaves us with great stories, memories and records that may never be broken.” _ Texas coach Mack Brown.

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