Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 8/27/12

STATE COLLEGE, PA - NOVEMBER 7: Head coach Joe Paterno of the Penn State Nittany Lions stands on the field during warm-ups before a game against the Ohio State Buckeyes on November 7, 2009 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
One thing is obvious after reading "Paterno," the much-anticipated biography chronicling disgraced Penn State coach Joe Paterno: The biographer doesn't know his subject. This explains Joe Posnanski's reluctance to express an opinion about the deceased football coach he allegedly spent nearly two years getting to know intimately. In the few interviews Posnanski, the book's biographer, has consented to, the celebrated sportswriter has ducked characterizing his thoughts on Paterno by saying he wants readers to make up their own minds regarding Paterno and his legacy. Posnanski's fluffy, 400-plus-page opus provides sparse guidance. What it inadvertently does, for the highly careful reader, is expose how a coach and a writer can sacrifice their integrity over time, one compromised decision at a time. It's difficult to discern what is most shallow in Posnanski's book -- the reporting, the access or the insight. A mere 26 pages in and the "journalist" who reportedly had unprecedented a...
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