Joe Paterno, Division I's all time winningest coach, has experienced more complications with his lung cancer treatment and is in serious condition.
As most people know, Paterno was fired by Penn State in November after the surfacing of former assistant Jerry Sandusky's alleged sexual abuse of children. Just nine days after his release, Paterno revealed his cancer diagnosis.
"His doctors have now characterized his status as serious. His family will have no comment on the situation and asks that their privacy be respected during this difficult time," said a family spokesman.
Paterno has no doubt left his mark on college football. He won two national championships and held a division I record of 409 games over 46 seasons.
Yes, the sexual abuse scandal did affect his legacy, but the man was many things to many people. We all don't know the situation or his exact role in Jerry Sandusky's case. Some say Paterno's current situation is apart of "fate" or "karma" which I feel isn't our right to make that call. Maybe he would be in worst condition had he stayed at Penn State, maybe his release was the best, who knows. What I do know is that his family is in a state of sadness. Regardless of your personal feelings towards Paterno, his football legacy will go down as one of the best and his on the field accomplishments can not be taken from him.