Tuberville Releases Statement on Paterno

Following the passing of Joe Paterno, Texas Tech head coach Tommy Tuberville released a statement on what Paterno meant to college football and more.

On Sunday morning College Football not only lost a mentor to many current head coaches and players, but a legend as well.
Joe Paterno lost his ongoing battle with lung cancer and other health complications early Sunday morning passing away at the age of 85.

Paterno dedicated his life to Penn State University spending 61 years in the football program, which included 46 as the head coach and even two as the Athletic Director.

With the passing of the legendary coach, Texas Tech head football coach Tommy Tuberville released this statement.


"When you think of college football and its tradition, you can't help but picture those dark glasses, black shoes and plain uniforms that were his style and mark on Penn State University.

I have had the great fortune to coach against Coach Paterno four times during my career and each time I came away from those contests with a greater understanding of the game of football.  A true highlight of my career, has been a 30-year relationship with Coach and his wife Sue.

Like many coaches, I grew up watching and learning from one of the greatest tutors and mentors of the game.  I am deeply saddened to learn of his passing and wish to extend my condolences to Sue and the rest of the Paterno family."


Paterno finished his career with 409 career wins and two National Championships, and will be remembered for creating and molding some of the best linebackers at Penn State a.k.a. Linebacker University.

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