Statement are beginning to roll in from around the Big Ten Conference following the passing of former Penn State coach Joe Paterno on Sunday morning. Paterno coached his final 19 seasons in the Big Ten and won three league titles (1994, 2005, 2008).
Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany
"We are deeply saddened by the loss of Joe Paterno. His passing marks a tremendous loss for Penn State, college football and for countless fans, coaches and student-athletes. Our condolences go out to the Paterno family and to the entire Penn State community."
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer
"I am deeply saddened to learn about the passing of coach Joe Paterno. He was a man who I have deep respect for as a human being, as a husband and father, as a leader and as a football coach. I was very fortunate to have been able to develop a personal relationship with him, especially over the course of the last several years, and it is something that I will always cherish. My prayers and thoughts go out to his wife, Sue, and to their family, and also to the family he had at Penn State University. We have lost a remarkable person and someone who affected the lives of so many people in so many positive ways. His presence will be dearly missed. His legacy as a coach, as a winner and as a champion will carry on forever."
Nebraska athletic director and former coach Tom Osborne
"I am saddened to hear the news of Joe Paterno's passing. Joe was a genuinely good person. Whenever you recruited or played against Joe you knew how he operated and that he always stood for the right things. Of course, his longevity over time and his impact on college football is remarkable. Anybody who knew Joe feels badly about the circumstances. I suspect the emotional turmoil of the last few weeks might have played into it. We offer our condolences to his family and wish them the very best."
Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon also tweeted: "The U-M Athletic Dept expresses its condolences to the Paterno Family on Joe's passing. Very sad. May he RIP."
Fans at Indiana's Assembly Hall observed a moment of silence for Paterno before today's basketball game between IU and Penn State.
More statements from around the league are on the way and we'll post them on the blog.