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Joe Paterno had 409 wins — the most ever in NCAA Divsion I — at the time of his Nov. 9 dismissal. He had been involved with Penn State football since 1950. (Associated Press)

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Penn State coach Joe Paterno leaves the Louis and Mildred Lasch Football Building on campus Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011, in State College, Pa. Paterno made his first public comments since being fired two months ago to The Washington Post. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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** FILE ** Former Penn State coach Joe Paterno was admitted to the hospital on Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, for observation after complications from his cancer treatments. (AP Photo/Jim Prisching, File)

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Penn State coach Joe Paterno leaves the Louis and Mildred Lasch Football Building on campus Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011, in State College, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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Celebrities may be a generous source of campaign cash, but some are too notorious for politicians to be seen embracing because of their boorish behavior, among them (from top) Alec Baldwin, Charlie Sheen, Mel Gibson, Lindsay Lohan and Joe Paterno. (Associated Press)

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FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2011 file photo, Penn State coach Joe Paterno stands on the field before his team's NCAA college football game against Northwestern, in Evanston, Ill. Former Penn State coach Paterno has a treatable form of lung cancer, according to his son. Scott Paterno says in a statement provided to The Associated Press by a family representative that the 84-year-old Joe Paterno is undergoing treatment and that "his doctors are optimistic he will make a full recovery." (AP Photo/Jim Prisching, File)

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Penn State fans gather outside Beaver Stadium to get a picture next to Joe Paterno's statue before the game between Penn State and Nebraska Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011 in State College, Pa. (AP Photo/The Wilmington News-Journal, Suchat Pederson)

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A fan holds a sign before the team's arrival at Penn State's Beaver Stadium before their game with the University of Nebraska Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011 in State College, Pa. Penn State played for the first time in decades without former head coach Joe Paterno, after he was fired in the wake of a child sex abuse scandal involving a former assistant coach. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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The statue of Joe Paterno outside Beaver Stadium remains a popular attraction on Penn State's campus. Fans expressed views in support of the college football coaching icon and in support of the victims of the child sexual abuse that allegedly occurred under Paterno's watch. (Associated Press)

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A Penn State alum who declined to give her name holds a sign outside Beaver Stadium before an NCAA college football game between Penn State against Nebraska, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011 in State College, Pa. Penn State is playing for the first time in decades without former head coach Joe Paterno, after he was fired in the wake of a child sex abuse scandal involving a former assistant coach. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Merrick Briggs, 6, climbs on a statue of Joe Paterno outside Beaver Stadium on Penn State's campus, Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, in State College, Pa. On Wednesday, Penn State Board of Trustees fired football coach Joe Paterno and university President Graham Spanier amid child sex abuse allegations against an assistant coach. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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** FILE ** In this Oct. 8, 2011, file photo, Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary, left, talks with head coach Joe Paterno during an NCAA college football game against Iowa, in State College, Pa. (AP Photo/Gene Puskar, File)

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A man is taken into police custody early Thursday morning in State College, Pa., after Penn State students took to the streets to protest the firing of football coach Joe Paterno. The university's board of trustees dismissed Mr. Paterno and President Graham Spanier at a Wednesday night news conference.

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In this file photo taken Oct. 22, 2011, Penn State coach Joe Paterno walks off the field after warmups before Penn State's NCAA college football game against Northwestern in Evanston, Ill. Penn State administrators canceled Paterno's weekly news conference Tuesday Nov. 8, 2011 in which he was expected to field questions about a sex abuse scandal involving a former assistant coach. Paterno's son Scott tells The Associated Press that the decision was made by president Graham Spanier's office. (AP Photo/Jim Prisching, File)

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In this Nov. 20, 2004, file photo, Penn State coach Joe Paterno waves to the crowd in the fourth quarter of Penn State's 37-13 win over Michigan State in an NCAA college football game in State College, Pa. Penn State trustees fired Paterno and university president Graham Spanier amid the growing furor over how the school handled sex abuse allegations against an assistant coach. The massive shakeup Wednesday night, Nov. 9, 2011, came hours after Paterno announced that he planned to retire at the end of his 46th season. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

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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)

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In this Jan. 28, 1965, file photo, former Penn State associate football coach Joe Paterno directs players at State College, Pa. Penn State trustees fired head football coach Joe Paterno and university president Graham Spanier amid the growing furor over how the school handled sex abuse allegations against an assistant coach, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011. (AP Photo, File)

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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)

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In this Jan. 2, 1987 file photo, Penn State coach Joe Paterno is carried after defeating Miami, 14-10, in the Fiesta Bowl, to win the national championship, in Tempe, Ariz. 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/Jim Gerberich, File)

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In this Sept. 4, 2004 file photo, Penn State football coach Joe Paterno leads his team onto the field before a game against Akron, 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 /Carolyn Kaster, File)