Former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, who's accused of child sex abuse in a case that led to the firing of longtime head coach Joe Paterno, released a statement Sunday expressing sympathy for Paterno's death. "This is a sad day!" he wrote. "Our family, Dottie and I would like to convey our deepest sympathy to Sue and her family. Nobody did more for the academic reputation of Penn State than Joe Paterno." Sandusky is awaiting trial on 52 counts of sex abuse of 10 children over 15 years. Paterno, who had been criticized for not turning him in to the police, died Sunday from lung cancer at the age of 85.