Our beloved "JoePa," was the head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions from 1966 to 2011.
Paterno was the winningest college football coach, accumulating 409 total collegiate wins, achieved two national championships and three division championships. Elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.
As a great supporter of the University he donated several million dollars to the university library and raised $13.5 million for the library expansion which was named after him. The Pattee - Paterno Library Complex is ranked as the tenth best research source in the U.S. by The Association of Research Libraries. He and Sue Paterno also supported the Penn State All Sports Museum and Pasquerilla Spiritual Center. Sue and Joe Paterno endowed scholarships and fellowships at Penn State.
In his 1983 presentation to the Board of Trustees after winning his first National Championship, Paterno challenged the Trustees to transform Penn State into a top University.
Excerpt: “So we have a magic moment and we have a great opportunity, and I think we have got to start right now to put our energies together to make Penn State not only Number One, but we’ve got to put our energies together to make this a number one institutions by 1990.”
Link to speech
Today, Penn State is ranked 49th in the World.
According to the Wall Street Journal, recruiters ranked Penn State the number one school for their recruitment efforts.
FROM JOE PA
- Letter from Joe Pa released -- 07/11/2012
- Academic Excellence. A professor spoke at the board meeting today that the National Research Council evaluated 65 academic programs at all universities across the country. 28 Penn State academic programs were ranked in the top 10. He commented that he was disappointed that this hasn't been publicized by the university. This was the first I heard of it. -- May 3, 2013.
- Anthony Lubrano --
April 1, 2013. Our top alumni elected Trustee.
- Thank you to Stephanie -- March 27, 2013
- VChair Stephanie Deviney -- March 27, 2013
In a nut shell -- condensation
To the President
To the Editor
To the Board of Trustees
To: Kmasser <Kmasser@masserspuds.com> Chairman, Board of Directors
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Sent: Wed, Nov 5, 2014 9:21 pm --
Subject: NCAA bluff
Given the latest embarrassment that Penn State was bluffed into the sanctions, I'm sure you would agree that it is time for you and the remaining members of the Board of Trustees from November 2011, to resign. So much was mishandled because of a lack of leadership, blatant disrespect for the academic reputation and ethical values of Penn State, lack of defense of the institution and its administrators and coach which then led to the media and the public believing a pack of lies.
It's time for you to move on, stop embarrassing us, and stop causing damage and fiscal irresponsibility.
- Reading and Critical Thinking -- Feb 13, 2013
- Passion Letter -- Sept 15, 2012
- A Fantastic Letter I Wish I had Written -- Greg Stock -- Aug 2012
- From An HR Perspective -- to each of on the Board of Trustees -- January 22, 2012
- Commonwealth Court judge calls NCAA forum shopping “deplorable” -- Nov 5, 2014.
- PS4RS Summary of email issue -- Nov 5, 2014.
- I am so outraged I am almost shaking.
Internal Emails Show NCAA Questioned Authority to Sanction Penn State -- Nov 5, 2014.
Two more things on the emails of the NCAA:
(1) The NCAA admits to seeking too much advice from the "media"
instead of its own membership in how to respond to the "Penn State
Scandal. This tidbit comes from a July 14, 2012 email in which an NCAA official was concerned about potential complaints from other member institutions because they (the NCAA) had "not spent enough time on membership input/counsel/reaction/direction and spending more time on media input."
(2) The NCAA's reasoning for vacating wins is because "Penn State had great success on the field from 1998-2012 and those wins were based on a pristine image which was a lie. As a result, those wins need to be taken away." So, if Penn State did not have great sucess, no wins vacated? If Penn State did not have a "pristine image," no wins vacated? Taken further, if this happened at a school without a "pristine image," say Miami, wins would not have been vacated? And someone please define this supposed "lie" to me.
Eileen Morgan's Writings -- added April 24, 2013
- Is Freeh a gun for hire? -- April 22, 2013
- Paterno praised for acting appropriately -- November 05, 2011 ; added 14Apr'13
- Bob Costas Talks Freeh Report, NCAA, and Paterno. -- March 12 2013
THE RUSH TO INJUSTICE REGARDING JOE PATERNO by Sollers, Clemente, etal. Final Report, Critique of the Freeh Report -- 200 page PDF file -- February, 9, 2013
- Critical Analysis of Freeh Report -- 62 page PDF file, by
Eileen Morgan, '90 -- August 10, 2012.
- Paterno Speech to BOT -- January 22, 1983
2014 ACTION REFERENCE
2013 A BUSY YEAR
JOE PATERNO QUOTABLE QUOTES
"Success with Honor"
"Do the little things right and the big things will take care of themselves."
”Besides pride, loyalty, discipline, heart and mind, CONFIDENCE is the key to all the locks”
“It’s not what happens to you in life that’s important- it’s how you react to it.”
“They ask me what I’d like written about me when I’m gone. I hope they write I made Penn State a better place, not just that I was a good football coach.”
“Be humble in success and gracious in defeat.”
“Success is never final and failure is never fatal.”
“The will to WIN is important but the will to PREPARE is vital.”
“Believe deep down in your heart that you are destined to do GREAT THINGS.”
“You are never as good as you think you are when you win and never as bad as you think you were when you lose.”
“You either get better or you get worse: you never stay the same…so find a way to get better.”
“Success without honor is an unseasoned dish: it will satisfy your hunger, but it won’t taste good.”
“You have to perform at a consistently higher level than others; that’s the mark of a true professional.”
“How you handle criticism will determine how successful you will be in life.”
“The Grand Experiment:
to play good football in the best league possible;
“Sometimes life will back you into a corner. You can either cower and hide or push up your sleeves and say BRING IT ON!”
with people who belong in college and
who keep things in perspective.”
“ Publicity is like poison…but it only hurts if you swallow it.”
“Follow the rules.”
“Take pride in your appearance”.
“Education! Education! Education!”
“Be respectful and show consideration to others.”
“Keep Hustling and something good will happen (to you)”
“Whatever you do in life, make an IMPACT.” or just, “Make an IMPACT!”
“Whatever you decide to do, be GOOD at it.”
“Be on time ! 10 minutes early is on time!”
“Show compassion and selflessness.”
”Act as if you’ve been there before”
“There is no substitute for hard work.”
“Treat your opponent (and your teammates) with respect.”
ACADEMICS AND ATHLETICS
The Grand Experiment
At a time when the NCAA set the grade standard for college athletes at 1.6 out of a possible 4.0, Joe Paterno had other ideas. He felt athletes should be students first and then athletes. He also believed college football should be about teaching young men how to live. Education should come first. The goal of college was to gain a good education that prepared the athlete for life and Paterno's coaching should support that goal. Therefore, Paterno set standards for every recruit and promised every mother of the recruit that he would personally see to it that their son went to classes and got a good education. He paid attention to the details, paid attention to attendance, conduct, attire, attitude, and he paid attention to the grades of his players. He married education and athletics under a framework he called The Grand Experiment.
Penn State players consistently exceed the Division 1-A schools norms
- 87% graduation rate.
- highest graduation rate of athletes,
- most academic all Americans.
- Won the Academic Bowl for scholastic excellence in December 2011.
- Among the highest graduation rate for black athletes
- No achievement gap between white and black football players
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