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Joe Paterno dies in State College

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ESPN is reporting coaching legend Joe Paterno has died at 85.

The Paterno family released a statement this morning.

It is with great sadness that we announce that Joe Paterno passed away earlier today. His loss leaves a void in our lives that will never be filled. He died as he lived. He fought hard until the end, stayed positive, thought only of others and constantly reminded everyone of how blessed his life had been. His ambitions were far reaching, but he never believed he had to leave this Happy Valley to achieve them. He was a man devoted to his family, his university, his players and his community.

You don’t need to be a Penn State fan to appreciate what a great man Joe Paterno was. He lived and breathed that University in every sense of the words, and will truly be missed by many. Yes, he made a big mistake. But you can’t take away all the good he did for that community.

I don’t say this in poor taste; it seems like the sex scandal literally killed that man, and it pains me to see him go out that way.

RIP Joe Pa.

Article written by Stuart Hammer

B.S. Broadcast Journalism from the University of Kentucky. @StuartHammerKSR

68 Comments for Joe Paterno dies in State College



  1. UK Chris
    11:04 am January 22, 2012 Permalink

    He just couldn’t live without the game.



  2. SeoulCat
    11:05 am January 22, 2012 Permalink

    When one loses the mental will to live, the body soon follows. You see this time and time again. Poor Joe Pa. RIP.



  3. philly cat
    11:14 am January 22, 2012 Permalink

    He had small cell lung cancer, which has a mortality rate of 96% in young patients. Most patients present with advanced disease, and the average life expectancy is then 6 weeks from diagnosis. He had no chance to survive, but the family said it was treatable – making his death surprising today. If Sandusky never happened, he would have still passed away today.



  4. bluebiscuit
    11:17 am January 22, 2012 Permalink

    Nicely written tribute, Mr. Hammer.



  5. tyrus
    11:18 am January 22, 2012 Permalink

    R.I.P. Joe Paterno and to those at the Penn St. that turned a blind eye to what was occurring on their campus, may they never have a peaceful sleep.



  6. MtnCat
    11:19 am January 22, 2012 Permalink

    Passing of a legend, the man touched many lives for the better. Sad to learn of his demise.



  7. Shively Kat Fan
    11:22 am January 22, 2012 Permalink

    I agree with Stuart. It is very sad that the scandal is what put him on a downward slide. I’m sure that the illness was what it was and he was going to die anyway, but again, like Stuart said, when you lose the will to live you don’t stand a fighting chance. This also happened to Bear Bryant in a way. He retired and was dead within a year. Football was THE life for these men.

    What is sadder is that there is no real way to say that without sounding insensitive to the plight of all the children that were harmed by Sandusky. I guess if you’re going to pull something positive out of all this it would be that there is never a wrong time to do the right thing.

    RIP Joe Pa. Only God knows your true heart.



  8. blitzedanddazed
    11:23 am January 22, 2012 Permalink

    Paterno was a weak man that made his way at Penn State by being a bully. He will be remembered as a man that turned his head on children being sexually abused by one of his assistant coaches. With that being said, his eternal life will be judged by God and no one else.



  9. BigBlueSkyDog
    11:25 am January 22, 2012 Permalink

    It’s a shame that a man who did so much good will be forever tied to child rape, albeit indirectly. If anyone learns a lesson from this tragedy, I hope it is that one should never put personal loyalty above morality. If Paterno acted decisively that one time, we could have paid him a more proper tribute.



  10. William Barnes
    11:28 am January 22, 2012 Permalink

    #8- Jerry Sandusky did that to those children. Not Joe Pa, people need to understand that he made a mistake in not telling the proper authorities but the attention for this entire scandal should be on Sandusky, not Paterno.



  11. billybob
    11:31 am January 22, 2012 Permalink

    One thing I know for sure, nothing went on at Penn State that Joe didn’t know about.



  12. philly cat
    11:31 am January 22, 2012 Permalink

    you could have all the will to live that you want, that type of cancer (like pancreatic cancer) will always win.



  13. zcats
    11:31 am January 22, 2012 Permalink

    The term “great man” can’t be applied to someone who actively participated in allowing child rape for twenty years. He was a very good football coach but a failure as a human being. It is not like he ran a red light once and caused an accident. Those men knew what happened and what was going on but the children didn’t matter because they weren’t in the football family. I am sorry he died and didn’t get to suffer through the trials exposing what those criminals did to kids. This situation is inexcusable and shows the very worst side of cult like college athletics.



  14. joester
    11:33 am January 22, 2012 Permalink

    Congratulations ESPN! His death is of your hands. I’m not saying Joe Pa would have lived forever but you can’t tell me that the way the media (ESPN) covered this didn’t hasten his death greatly. I’m not a defender of what he did either, but Joe Pa was vilified more than the actual man who committed the act by ESPN.



  15. William Barnes
    11:36 am January 22, 2012 Permalink

    Right on 19.



  16. mores
    11:39 am January 22, 2012 Permalink

    “I believe every man is more than the worst thing he has done” – Bryan Stevenson, NYU Law professor.

    Paterno was a very good coach who commanded great loyalty from his friends, family, colleagues and players. Although it’s clear he should’ve acted when McCreary came to him, it’s not clear what he knew and how much he knew. He made one big mistake that will tarnish his legacy, but that needs to be put next to all of the great things he’s done, not instead of them.

    Lastly: it’s very obvious many of you haven’t even bothered to read the GJ indictment or even follow any of the easily accessible media reports. Take #18, for example, who’s making stuff up even the prosecutors never alleged (20 years? can you read?). Big moral damnations are cliche and vacuous by nature, but if you’re going to levy them against someone, at least know what you’re talking about.



  17. Blue4ever
    11:41 am January 22, 2012 Permalink

    Bulls Eye #18!



  18. Cal Purnell here
    11:43 am January 22, 2012 Permalink

    When is the old school podcast gonna be available to buy?



  19. mores
    11:43 am January 22, 2012 Permalink

    One more thing. He did not die of a broken heart, of the inability to coach football, or any other Disney script. He died of a form of cancer whose mortality rate is 96% among the YOUNG, and probably not far from 100% for the old.



  20. Its_More_Complicated
    11:50 am January 22, 2012 Permalink

    Hold up…_

    JoePa DID report the incident to the Police Chief and the University President. He didnt hide the incident, he reported it, and then left it to the authorities to handle the situation. In my view, the real villains here are: 1) Sandusky, who is clearly sick and deserves the hammer of the law to fall on him, 2) the administrators, who WHEN PRESENTED THE CASE by Joe_Pa did basically nothing.

    Where JoePa fell is that he left it alone after reporting it. He didn’t pursue the issue. He failed in that, and he said as much himself…he left it to the administrators when he should have taken it upon himself. He should have done more.

    So, yes, he made a serious mistake_ but, get the facts right before you go blasting the man.

    Its a very, very sad story_



  21. BooHoo
    11:55 am January 22, 2012 Permalink

    What a shame a sorry excuse for a person kicked the bucket. All anyone can learn from JoePaw is pass the buck on when you are told a child is being abused. Cause ya know, “I’ve never heard of man and boy like that”. Enjoy hell Joe.



  22. Disney Script...hold on
    11:56 am January 22, 2012 Permalink

    26 et al.

    _if you dont believe that psychological well-being is a factor in disease development, you are the one living in fantasy land. No one on here thinks that being happy can cure cancer, but many of us know of cases where diseases spring out of nowhere and someone declines and dies very rapidly when they experience serious sorrow (common example, losing a spouse of many years).

    Look… everyone expected Joe_Pa to finish out the season at Penn State- take the team to a bowl game. He surely visits doctors quite often, yet we hear nothing of any disease. This all breaks, he is fired…and very rapidly thereafter he is diagnosed and then dies. It is not foolish at all to imagine that the psychological toll played a roll in this.



  23. Cat Daddy
    12:00 pm January 22, 2012 Permalink

    #28 I totally agree!!



  24. philly cat
    12:03 pm January 22, 2012 Permalink

    small cell lung cancer symptoms can easily be dismissed in someone who is 85 and in average health. he could have had it for months without detection, and when he re-injured his hip they could have detected it as metastasis to the bone.

    again, if you were 40 with 3 kids and have all the will to live in the world but had metastatic small cell lung cancer, you’d be dead in 6 weeks. period.



  25. ColoradoCat
    12:07 pm January 22, 2012 Permalink


  26. BlueCat
    12:17 pm January 22, 2012 Permalink

    I wish people would quit trying to make what he did alright by calling it a mistake. What he did was a willful allowance of what happened. I hate to hear of anyone passing away, but this was not a great man. A great man would have put a stop to what was happening even if it meant his job. This is something that should have been brought to light as soon as Joe heard about. Instead he allowed the university to sweep it under the rug and then turned a blind eye. He was not great. Some on here will only equate what he accomplished as a coach to who he was as a man, but what he accomplished as a coach is only a small part of who he really was.



  27. Tebow 3:16
    12:19 pm January 22, 2012 Permalink

    people should read johnc clays article about the pathetic crowd in rupp. I was watching from home yesterday and i could hear a pin drop. Not as loud as other arenas.



  28. DC4UK
    12:22 pm January 22, 2012 Permalink

    I think #28 says it best. He told the people he should have, but he should of kept a close following on it. After Joe saw that nothing was being done by the campus police and adminstration he should of took it upon himself to do whats right. This stuff did happen in 2002 I think and Sandusky was on PSUs campus til last November. I mean it seems like to me Joe kind of just let it go and didnt worry about it. Anyone else agree wit me?



  29. blue warrior
    12:23 pm January 22, 2012 Permalink

    “William Barnes” My nephew changed my name and i didnt notice, so i changed it back. Im saying i agree with you. I got the numbers wrong on my earlier post.



  30. one-n-done
    12:23 pm January 22, 2012 Permalink

    R I P Joe Paw…… Today and forever the ppl in the world should remember you as the man who wouldnt let the game go……



  31. Blueburg
    12:23 pm January 22, 2012 Permalink

    The lesson for us here is: stop worshipping men. “Men at their best are mere men none the less.” There’s no doubt that he was an outstanding football coach. But that does not make him a good man. True, there is no proof that he himself ever molested a child. Yet he was the most powerful man on that campus and he did little of nothing to stop, much less, further investigate his buddy. Why did he demote his understood, eventual heir apparent (Sandusky) by forcing him to retire early, in his prime, if he did not think there was a possibility that some day something would surface? So he didn’t have him investigated or banned from the campus for further investigation because that would have attracted to much negative attention. That alone proves that Paterno’s priority was to protect his football “kingdom” rather than to do the right thing by using his power to have the matter fully investigated. And if anyone thinks that protecting a sports program’s image takes priority over justice and protecting innocent children at all costs, then what real good is the man who runs that program and how good is that program itself? Though it may be unfortunate that this all came out at the end of his long, illustrious career, it was not an accident. My hope is that if anything like this ever happened at UK, the powers that be would go above and beyond to bring out the truth.



  32. HydenCat
    12:24 pm January 22, 2012 Permalink

    Paterno did what he was supposed to do when he was told of the incident. For the life me I can’t understand why the man is being vilified to such a degree. He should have done more? Maybe you who think this should walk a mile in the man’s shoes before you judge him. What specifically was reported to him? What detail was given to him? In his world and life exeperience, did he understand the ramifications of what he was told?
    It requires no ‘nads at all to judge a man when he’s sick and/or dying and not able to respond. This, I think, describes several posters above to a tee. Keep being sanctimonious ESPN sheep, and don’t say a word when they come after UK with innuendo and fabrications and the whole sports world is judging everyone in the program, fans included.

    r.e. Sandusky, no death could be painful enough for him or any molester for that matter.



  33. Bulldawg
    12:25 pm January 22, 2012 Permalink

    I hate to hear this. His family is not at all responsible for the sandusky thing and THEY do not deserve these harsh words about Paterno from the commenters. In the end, think what you want, but to bash the man after his passing is disrespecting his family. The man is dead people. Give it a rest for a few days and maybe then bash again if you want but to do so now is just poor taste. Good post Hammer!



  34. Inside Your Mind
    12:30 pm January 22, 2012 Permalink

    18 and 22 have it right. Paterno failed those children. Once he knew of Sandusky’s crimes he did nothing more than tell his AD. Sandusky was his good friend of many years and i can understand if he didn’t know of his behavior until that one incident but after that he didn’t do much of anything. Sandusky was also continued to be let on campus to use their facilities for his raping of children. Do people not think Paterno knew he was on campus? Instead of doing the right thing, Paterno tried to keep it quiet to protect the school and his legacy from scandal by only doing what was required of him as a football coach. In the end they got what they deserved and Sandusky is next.



  35. Echo 1
    12:36 pm January 22, 2012 Permalink

    Just like The Bear. When coaching ended, so did his life. Sad.



  36. Me
    12:54 pm January 22, 2012 Permalink

    Sad for his fam. But he DID look the other way!!! Sorry, but facts is facts (and he admitted it).



  37. c1doc
    1:03 pm January 22, 2012 Permalink

    He didn’t look the other way! He reported what he was told to not one but 2 superiors, of which one of them was the administrator over the campus police department! It is really easy to judge someone when you haven’t had to live in their shoes! He didn’t witness the sick pedophile but he still reported it to 2 different people!



  38. Tbone
    1:03 pm January 22, 2012 Permalink

    @15. If it had been your kid, would you feel the same.



  39. gottodoit
    1:15 pm January 22, 2012 Permalink

    53. What on earth are trying to say?



  40. Lexloublue
    1:15 pm January 22, 2012 Permalink

    “Vengeance is mine, I will repay sayeth the Lord”. And the Lord did.



  41. Viren
    1:18 pm January 22, 2012 Permalink

    I do think Penn State made a mistake in FIRING the guy sure fire him if he is the one who molested the kids. It feels like he was guilty by association and he simply could not take it especially after how the Penn State Administration cut the cord the way they did. He stood by that university I don’t think I can say the same for the university backing its own till the end. He was going to resign in a week and they did not even give the man a WEEK to step down, now it will be etched in the history forever that he was FIRED towards the end of his tenure. I HATE PENN STATE ADMINISTRATION.



  42. Perkasaurus
    1:20 pm January 22, 2012 Permalink

    May God be with the Paterno family in this time of grief. He will be remembered for the sum of his life’s accomplishments and not the last three months.



  43. Stan
    1:27 pm January 22, 2012 Permalink

    Well said 22, I agree 100%. God will be the final judge. How many football games he won probably won’t factor in very much.



  44. CAPTAIN DEEZ
    1:31 pm January 22, 2012 Permalink

    53) IM SAYING THAT THE MEDIA OVERBLOWS THINGS OUT OF PROPORTION AND THAT THE WORLD WOULD BE BETTER OFF WITHOUT IT IS MY MAIN POINT. MY SECOND POINT IS THAT JOE-PA WAS NOT PERFECT BY ANY MEANS, BUT HE SHOULDN’T HAVE GOTTEN AS MUCH BLAME FOR IT AS HE DID. HE WAS NOT THE CRIMINAL IN THE SCANDAL. ALL THAT SAID, SANDUSKY SHOULD BE GIVEN THE DEATH PENALTY IMO.



  45. 44 Stitches
    1:37 pm January 22, 2012 Permalink

    I pray I live long enough to be 85 yrs old.



  46. roons
    1:39 pm January 22, 2012 Permalink

    He should have reported the issues at hand directly to the police. Point blank. Period.



  47. Jen
    1:51 pm January 22, 2012 Permalink

    The media and cancer took this man to his grave. What a legend, I hope Sandusky rots in Hell not Joe Pa! After all, maybe Joe Pa did make a mistake but he was not the abuser, Sandusky was. RIP Joe Pa!



  48. RIP
    2:00 pm January 22, 2012 Permalink

    RIP Joe Pa. His quest to better the lives of young men still lives on. Yes, he could have done more, but he’s admitted that and was sorry for it. Why can’t anyone forgive a man truly sorry for what he failed to do? It’s not like he was the sick, pathetic, psycho committing the acts; plus, he reported the incident to a higher authority than himself which he was required to do. With all he did for young men over the course of his career, one failure in which he truly regrets should not deserve comments such as “Burn in Hell” from extremely judgmental internet trolls. The 45 years that he dedicated to bettering the lives of his players, encouraging them to pursue education, and building a strong community in Happy Valley should not be completely overlooked. It’s a shame this happened to him, because he had nothing to do with the situation his was put in. But it’s also a shame he didn’t do a little more, so that people could actually respect what he accomplished.



  49. Satan
    2:50 pm January 22, 2012 Permalink

    Welcome home!



  50. Reality Check
    2:53 pm January 22, 2012 Permalink

    What was done in the darkness was brought into the light.



  51. UKGerman
    3:28 pm January 22, 2012 Permalink

    The people who are trashing Joe Paterno today have no moral decency. I have never rooted for Penn State before, but the outrageous slander of a human being compels me to point out a few things that are easily verified by anyone who reads more than the headlines.

    1. Jerry Sandusky is only an accused child molester. In America, everyone, even the most sick among us, is innocent until proven guilty. The accusations are indeed chilling, but they have yet to be tested and confirmed in a court of law. The trial and conviction of Sandusky, much less Paterno, in the “court of public opinion” is a betrayal of basic American values.
    2. However, if you just can’t let the wheels of justice turn, and NEED a person to pillory for “failing to protect children,” why go after Paterno? It was McQueary who actually (allegedly) saw an incidence of abuse. He is the one who had the strongest, and clearest, moral imperative to act to prevent further abuse. Clearly he did not fulfill this obligation.
    3. All those saying Paterno is “morally responsible” ignore the fact that he was presented with second hand information, which McQueary himself has stated was toned down, and he never had direct knowledge of any abuse. It is quite likely that the descriptions of the abuse that have been published in the media are 100x more graphic then what was told to Paterno. The fact that he did take things seriously enough to report them to university administrators is to his credit. They were the ones who failed to investigate and follow through. He was an elderly football coach… not a police detective, social worker, or prosecutor.
    4. Stop playing “Monday morning quarterback” and actually get involved…The majority of child abuse happens inside of families and is unlikely to ever be reported. All of the bluster about protecting kids, all the heroic macho bravado, does nothing to limit abuse, and the sad fact is that the situation at Penn State is hardly unique: abuse is ignored, hushed up, and allowed to continue in hundreds of thousands of families… projecting all this anger onto public figures is a sad substitute for actually working to prevent and expose the abuse that is happening in every community.



  52. Brian Storn
    3:41 pm January 22, 2012 Permalink

    BAD hit the proverbial nail on the head w/ post #8 and Shively @ #7. As for mores @ #19, you simply and clearly have not lived enough to have learned that while Cancer may have very well been the ultimate cause of his death, the scientific evidence is overwhelmingly clear. When what someone has lived their entire life for is taken away from them, the heart loses strength and often death is the result. So if you think he would have died at the exact some time-day if he were still coaching, again, you simply have not lived enough…witnessed enough of live to know that your view is simply not true.

    As for Joe Paterno, i have ZERO compassion. NONE. The facts are blatantly clear. He was in a position to protect the lives of innocent children and he failed miserably. And just b/c he died does, in no way-shape-or-form, absolves him of his self-serving life.

    Final food for thought: Did his amazingly narcissistic actions over the past 10 to 15 years (ignoring the signs and actual report(s) of Sandusky’s evil) create and cause his cance?



  53. victory
    4:06 pm January 22, 2012 Permalink

    51 — well said



  54. Cats Fan
    5:00 pm January 22, 2012 Permalink

    51- Well said. I feel sorry for those of you who continually say Joe Pa should burn in hell.



  55. Hard Hittin' CAT
    5:11 pm January 22, 2012 Permalink

    Wow, some of you people on here are seriously Fu(ked in the head.

    Personally I think he was a great man. Sandusky was responsible for the abuse that happened to the kids. It wasn’t the assistant coaches, Paterno, the AD, nor the university presidents fault. Apply the blame to Sandusky and not everyone else.

    Rest in peace, Paterno.



  56. big mon
    6:43 pm January 22, 2012 Permalink

    Paterno was nailed to the wall by people who want want to claim that
    anyone who was in one mile radius of Jerry Sandusky should be shot to hasten their trip to hell because children were abused. The abuse is inexcusable. But Paterno didn’t abuse children, however, many people want to adopt a holier than thou stance and act as if he did.

    “Child abuse is wrong, I hope he rots in hell” etc etc etc.

    Sandusky was NOT even on the coaching staff at the time of the alledged incident. He merely maintained an office at the university. He had retired. Paterno was no longer his boss, coach or superior.

    I figure that Paterno reported it, and in his own mind he was thinking that if Sandusky was in trouble, he’d just let people who’s job was not to coach football deal with it.

    Today there was an AP article, “Paterno’s death won’t stop court cases”. No sheet. Why would it? But it makes a good headline doesn’t? Makes you want to read it doesn’t it. Eventhough the dastardly inexcusable old fart is dead, it won’t stop those other people from being tried. Who were they?

    Instead of the story being about a pervert being held responsible for awful crimes, instead it’s about a coach who’s career was ruined by scandal. At least that’s how the media portrays it.



  57. SteveM
    6:49 pm January 22, 2012 Permalink

    This was a tragedy on so many levels. If you read the original grand jury indictment, you would know that another incident involving Sandusky resulted in the mother of the child confronting Sandusky directly; that the Penn State Security Chief was notified, but quickly shut down the investigation; that the Pennsylvania Child Services Department was notified and they actually interviewed Sandusky with their only action being to tell Sandusky “not to shower any more with little boys”; and it was further reported to the County Attorney’s office who declined to prosecute the case. Thus, all the notifications that people blame Paterno for not making in the 2002 case, were actually done in a previous case AND NOTHING HAPPENED! What are the lessons from this tragedy? 1) that everybody involved (Paterno included)was more interested in protecting the Penn State’s (and Paterno’s ) image than getting to the bottom of a serial child rapist’s activities; 2) that Paterno was allowed to coach far past the time when his better judgment should have prevailed (again to protect the brand. After 50 years at Penn State Paterno still couldn’t leave the limelight); 3) that all the authorities who should have been notified failed to act (again, most likely to protect JoePa and the PSU program; 4) it all came crashing down at a time when Paterno ironically had contracted a lethal cancer; and 5)for all the good Paterno had done for so many people, he had a dirty little secret. He had protected a child molester for decades, causing untold damage to innocent children. A Shakespearean tragedy….a human failure.He was but a man…a complicated man.



  58. BleedingBlueInTexas
    6:53 pm January 22, 2012 Permalink

    I’ll choose to remember the good things about Joe Paterno and “turn a blind eye” to the rest…which is probably exactly what he would do too…..



  59. string music
    7:47 pm January 22, 2012 Permalink

    Well said #58, well said. I couldn’t have said it any better.



  60. Lexloublue2
    8:04 pm January 22, 2012 Permalink

    #58, beautifully expressed.



  61. Tomas
    8:18 pm January 22, 2012 Permalink

    You people can make all the excuses you want to. If Joe Paterno lived in Kentucky we would be talking about the death of a felon. Pennslyvania law says you only have to report to your supervisor. Joe did that. But Joe looked in the eyes of a child molester for years and saw him work with children. He knew that his friend came to him and told him he saw a rape take place and Joe Paterno did not act even though others would not. Martin Luther King often spoke about the greatest evil in the world was not down by bad people but by good people who saw bad things happening and did nothing. Great men stand up for those who can’t defend themselves. Joe Paterno decided to place the University over the children’s lives. I would never wish death on anyone, but I will not pretend that Joe Paterno was a good man. It was not just one mistake either. It was years and years of ignoring child abuse for a friend. It is a sad situation but Joe Paterno will get no sympathy from me.



  62. Harvey
    9:24 pm January 22, 2012 Permalink

    You people are crazy. You’re after Paterno and don’t give a flip about Sandusky.

    As was said, Sandusky was no longer a coach or on the football staff when the 2002 incident supposedly happened. It wasn’t like he was Paterno’s direct responsibility. He was no longer on the staff. Paterno told two people. He wasn’t law enforcement, he was a football coach.



  63. Harvey
    9:26 pm January 22, 2012 Permalink

    If Joe Paterno lived in Kentucky, we’d be talking about Jerry Sandusky. Period.



  64. Big Will
    10:21 pm January 22, 2012 Permalink

    yes Paterno could have done more but isn’t hindsight always 20/20. What is even sadder is what I read on the yardbarker. About Westboro Baptist Church about protesting at his funereal. That display of human indecency just makes me sick. For a church they should be lifting up the family not protesting. http://www.yardbarker.com/college_football/articles/msn/westboro_baptist_church_to_protest_joe_paterno_funeral/9516584



  65. RIP
    10:56 pm January 22, 2012 Permalink

    67.) And here forgiveness is possibly the biggest theme the church is supposed to follow. Some of the people on here should learn a lesson there. Paterno said he was sorry and regretted his lack of further action. Forgive the man like you’re supposed to. Now, Sandusky is the one we should all be hating on



  66. SteveM
    11:12 pm January 22, 2012 Permalink

    The lesson of Joe Paterno affirms the ancient Roman saying that “glory is fleeting…. but honor is forever”. Joe Paterno, an otherwise honorable and distinguished man, made a terrible mistake when it came to Jerry Sandusky and his decades-long indiscretions. JoePa must have secretly lived in fear of what those actions, if revealed, might do to not only his own image, but to the thing he loved the most…his creation and legacy….Penn State football. In the end, perhaps with his judgment clouded by advanced age, he selfishly and foolishly chose to protect the patina of glory he had basked in for 50 years, rather than the fundamental well-being of an untold number of children….children whose lives would forever be adversely affected by his having failed to do the honorable thing. In the process, as the Romans admonished, his choice forever tarnished the honor he had so richly earned throughout his life and cost him the glory he so fiercly guarded, and that even now, so soon after his death, seems utterly inconsequential.



  67. johnwaynelives
    11:55 am January 23, 2012 Permalink

    Nice one #64… {RIP JOE PATERNO}