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It had to happen. Everyone knew it. One day, someday, Joe Paterno would be finished at Penn State.
Problem was, even though everyone KNEW it would happen, it was hard to believe it. The man had simply lasted year after year (since 1950 as an assistant and since 1966 as a head coach) and outlasted head coach after head coach (almost 900 changes in major college football during his tenure). They wondered about his retirement in the eighties. They anticipated it in the nineties. They marveled about it in the new millennium.
But it never came. Even in what wound up being his final season (2011), no one knew if Joe would finagle one more contract extension for himself, despite his nature-defying age of 84.
Unfortunately, Joe couldn’t go out on his own terms. The Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal tainted everyone remotely involved with the long-retired defensive coordinator. And Joe—the most recognizable face in the Penn State universe—took the brunt of the public backlash.
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At the end of his life, there were only two ways to view Joe Paterno. One camp suspected that Paterno, the most important and powerful person on Penn State's campus, had to have been involved in the cover-up of Jerry Sandusky's crimes. The other merely hoped his name would stay far enough removed to protect his lifelong legacy of good work.
But only one of those sides is...
Joe Paterno's family and supporters are defending the late coach against a leak of apparently damaging material released during highly secretive investigations into former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.
Details from a decade-old email have raised new questions about whether the Hall of Fame coach tried to cover up a sex abuse complaint against Sandusky.
With Paterno no longer...
Joe Paterno's family is calling on the Pennsylvania attorney general and former FBI Director Louis Freeh to release all emails and records related to their investigations into the Penn State child sex abuse scandal.
Family lawyer Wick Sollers' statement Monday comes after reports of leaked emails between administrators about a graduate assistant's account in 2001 of...
In totally untimely news, Joe Paterno finds himself in hot water due to the inability of the PSU administration to actually discuss things face to face over coffee instead of sharing their thoughts in an email.
Damn, this gives the PSU faithful another target to point fingers of blame at other than Paterno… “If it wasn’t for computer technology Joe wouldn’t be in trouble...
Photo by Bill Moore. Copyright 2006 Bullz-Eye.com
When the Penn State/Jerry Sandusky scandal broke last fall, I asked a simple question: What did Joe Paterno know and when did he know it?
Now, following the Sandusky trial and news reports alleging a Penn State cover-up, the answers to this question will likely destroy the legacy (or myth) created by Paterno over the years.
He had me fooled.
Like many in the sports world I bought into the Joe Paterno legacy. The long tenured Penn State coach seemed to exemplify all that is right in sports and the fact he had built the program into a traditional power without violations only added to that image. For over forty years he roamed the Penn State sideline, winning league titles, national titles, producing...
Silver linings do not diminish tragedies; they merely make them possible to stomach. About the only way to avoid curling into a fetal position of despair upon hearing what Jerry Sandusky did to, took from and killed in those boys was to tell ourselves a little white lie about how something positive could come of this tragedy.
And then, somewhat shockingly, a silver lining did come...
Photo by Bill Moore. Copyright 2006 Bullz-Eye.com
With the news that Joe Paterno may have been involved in a cover-up at Penn State, here’s a look back on an article that detailed Paterno’s “come back” in 2005 after Penn State officials tried unsuccessfully to ease him into retirement.
This was dug up and highlighted by SPORTSbyBROOKS and it’s instructive on how Paterno...
Do the New Details in the Penn State Sandusky Story Change Your Mindphoto credit: philly.com
There are new details that have emerged out of the Sandusky case that are disturbing. It has been revealed that e-mails going around top officials at Penn State discussing how to hand the Sandusky situation. The decision made was to not tell police. Who made that choice? According to the...
Over the weekend it became more clear that the powers that be within Penn State's administration had collaborated in a futile attempt to coverup grotesque actions by former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. CNN revealed a portion of emails between Graham Spanier, Tim Curley and Gary Schultz that confirmed the ugly reality that many had suspected to be the case since as...
Newly released emails from 2001 by the disgraced Penn State trio of former officials (Gary Schultz, Graham Spanier and Tim Curley) discussed Jerry Sandusky and appeared to reference Joe Paterno. Check that, they imply deference not reference to Paterno. As if to say what Joe Paterno wanted, Joe Paterno got.
CNN’s Anderson Cooper reported on emails exchanged between Penn State...
More damning evidence for former Penn State officials Tim Curley and Gary Schultz was revealed in a series of emails CNN obtained emails from 2001.
The emails between the Penn State official further show that they were very aware of Sandusky’s sexual encounter with a child in a University shower back in 2001.
From the News & Observer:
The report goes on to say that former...
The emails exchanged by Penn State administrators that were uncovered by CNN have made it painfully obvious that President Graham Spanier, Vice President Gary Schultz, and athletic director Tim Curley were consciously covering up Jerry Sandusky’s sexual abuse.
We’ve already summarized what was discussed in the alleged emails between the administrators: they considered contacting...
We felt compelled to tell a story here because we just read through the grand jury testimony of former Penn State athletic director Tim Curley and former V.P Gary Schultz.
And it was a fascinating read.
But first, the explosive report from CNN about e-mail chains between the two men and school president Graham Spanier continue to add to what...