Joe Paterno through the years

Associated Press
FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2011 file photo, Penn State football coach Joe Paterno walks off the field after warm ups before Penn State's NCAA college football game against Northwestern, in Evanston, Ill. A person familiar with the decision says Paterno has decided to retire at the end of the season. The person says Paterno will announce his retirement later Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011 . (AP Photo/Jim Prisching, File)

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Joe Paterno joined the Penn State coaching staff in 1950 and took over as head coach in 1966. His coaching career ended in November after a record 409 victories.

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