What’s going on in Penn State right now is a lot more than a college football scandal. It’s a lot more than a Penn State University scandal. It’s an evil, and complicity to evil so large in its scope that it transcends both football and education. The case of criminal pedophile Jerry Sandusky is a world-turning story that includes, but also goes well beyond the man with the most wins in college football history.
But it’s more than a college football story.
And it’s clear now that the legacy of Joe Paterno, one of the most iconic figures in the sport’s history, is ruined forever. And JoePa earned it, through the sin of omission, rather than the sin of commission.
JoePa’s defenders will say that he’s old and out of it, and hasn’t been in charge of the program for a long time; that he’s just a figurehead. I’m calling BS on that- he’s the most famous and powerful figure in the history of PSU, not just PSU football, but PSU.
Paterno may have fulfilled his legal requirement to report suspe