Big Ten figures continue to comment on the passing of Joe Paterno. Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald, a longtime admirer of Paterno, issued this statement:
"The legacy of Joe Paterno will be long lasting -- not only as a football coach and mentor, but as a family man. For 62 years, Coach Paterno poured his heart and soul into a football program and university, helping countless young men reach their dreams and goals on the football field before moving on to successful careers and lives as adults. It's hard to fathom the impact that Coach Paterno has had on college football and at Penn State. His insight and wisdom will be missed. We at Northwestern send our condolences to Sue and the Paterno family."