Colorado sports information director Dave Plati put together this release from quarterbacks coach Rip Scherer in the wake of the death of Penn State legendary coach Joe Paterno.
Statement From Rip Scherer, Colorado Assistant Head Coach
(Scherer is a former head coach at Memphis and James Madison; he began his coaching career as a graduate assistant under Joe Paterno in 1974; his father Rip, Sr., played football at Penn State from 1945-49 and was a long-time legendary high school in Pittsburgh; his son Ryan is a senior wide receiver at Penn State.)
“Coach Paterno was not only a great football coach—arguably the greatest ever, but he was truly a great man. I have had the privilege of knowing Coach Paterno for most of my life—since I was 5 years old. My Dad was a Penn State football letterman and a high school coach in the Pittsburgh area, and Joe would frequent our house on many occasions while recruiting.
“Later I had the honor of working under him as I began my football coaching career at Penn State as a graduate assistant from 1974-76, and without a doubt, his footprint was on every coaching opportunity that I have had in this profession. He impacted my career and my coaching philosophy to this day, and I am thankful for that. As of late I have been able to observe him from the perspective of a parent whose son played for Joe, as my son Ryan has been a Penn State football player the past four seasons.
“I can attest that from many perspectives he touched many young people’s lives in an extremely positive manner. The world of college football and college athletics will never see another coach or person like Coach Joe Paterno.”