Joe Paterno Dies at 85
Paterno took the helm of Penn State's football program in 1966 and won 409 games, including two national championships.
When he announced his resignation, Paterno had said he was devastated by the developments in the sexual abuse case.
"My goals now are to keep my commitments to my players and staff and finish the season with dignity and determination," Paterno had said, in a statement. "And then I will spend the rest of my life doing everything I can to help this university."
But Paterno came under fire when it emerged that he hadn't gone to state or federal authorities after a graduate assistant, Mike McQueary, told him in 2002 that he had seen Sandusky with a young boy in the football complex's showers.
According to a grand jury investigation report, Paterno told the university's athletic director the next day about the incident. He also notified the official in charge of the University Police.
In his only interview following his firing, Paterno told The Washington Post, "I didn't know which way to go ... and rather than get in there and make a mistake. ... You know, (McQueary) didn't want to get specific."