Originally posted on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 7/12/12

We generally try to avoid sharing our personal opinions on Crystal Ball Run, but I was asked to share some thoughts on the latest news regarding Penn State. The following are my own words and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the rest of the Crystal Ball Run staff. - Kevin

Joe Paterno died on January 22, 2012. The Joe Paterno I thought I knew died today, June 12, 2012.

The Freeh Report, as widely expected, told a damning tale of the efforts to protect Jerry Sandusky's public profile, and thus the brand of Penn State football. In doing so the tarred imaged of Paterno was finally feathered, as we learned that Paterno in fact knew of the 1998 investigation in to Jerry Sandusky, a man found guilty of 45 out of 48 counts related to child and sexual abuse.

According to the findings within the Freeh Report, Paterno not only knew of the 1998 Sandusky incident, a fact he disputed during previous testimony, but he also took part in determining how Sandusky was allowed to retire as defensive coordinator a year later. I have no doubt there is more information linked to this incident, and I look forward to seeing what else comes out through the judicial process with Tim Curley and Gary Schultz. Paterno also, according to the report, was provided updates on the 1998 investigation until it was considered to be all squared away.

Before I continue, please allow me to remind you the point of view and background I am coming from. Hopefully it will show that even someone who grew up within the Penn State football culture can come to grips with the dark and harsh reality of today's latest revelations.

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