Originally posted on Nittany Lions Den  |  Last updated 1/24/12

STATE COLLEGE, PA - NOVEMBER 7: Head coach Joe Paterno of the Penn State Nittany Lions stands on the field during warm-ups before a game against the Ohio State Buckeyes on November 7, 2009 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
We continue to pay our respects to Joe Paterno, who passed away Sunday. The following was submitted by Mike Prince, of Montgomery Media. If you would like to submit your own thoughts for a guest post, please contact us with your thoughts. It wasn’t supposed to end like this.  After nearly half a century of being the face of an entire university, the final days in the life of an icon and a hero for many wasn’t supposed to be tainted. All the way back in 1950, Joseph Vincent Paterno, at the age of 23, arrived in State College and began what eventually turned into the most legendary and celebrated coaching career in college football history. And on Sunday morning, over 61 years after arriving, 74 days after his football career ended and just hours after Penn State’s most important figure passed away at the age of 85 due to complications from lung cancer, the man known simply as “JoePa” has still never left. This was not in the script for the final days of Paterno’s life.  After so ...
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