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Statements from Barry Alvarez and Bret Bielema on Joe Paterno



Jan. 22, 2012

MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez and UW football coach Bret Bielema issued the following statements on the passing of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno.

Statement from Wisconsin Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez:
"Today is a sad day. Joe made a difference. He impacted a lot of people. He made a difference in a community, in a college and in college football. He was truly special and an icon. For someone to continue to do what he did through different generations and for such a long period of time and be effective was amazing. I've considered Joe a friend and a mentor. This is sad day for college football and the Penn State community. Our thoughts and prayers go out to them and the Paterno family."

Statement from Wisconsin head football coach Bret Bielema:
"Coach Paterno obviously did so many wonderful things for a number of years, not only with the success of his teams on the field but the number of lives he shaped. I hope people remember his lifetime achievements. From day one, when I joined the head coaching ranks and was fortunate enough to cross paths with him at coaches meetings and various functions, he was always very engaging and complimentary of the way we did things at Wisconsin and how we played. I enjoyed competing with him at every level. Our Badger football family sends our condolences and deepest sympathies to the Penn State community and the Paterno family."

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