It was a tumultuous final twelve hours of the life of former Penn State coach Joe Paterno. Reports of his death started circulating late Saturday night that were ultimately proven false until finally becoming a reality late Sunday morning.
I’ll be honest, I don’t know how I feel about his death.
My condolences go to his wife, children, grandchildren, and friends. Its always difficult losing a love one, but it’s hard for me to feel remorse considering the recent allegations that he was aware of the sexual abuse that Jerry Sandusky allegedly committed with many children.
For all the good deeds, for all the money donated, for all the lives impacted, there are children who are scarred forever because of his lack of action.
Supporters of Joe Paterno will tell you that he was treated unfairly in the firing by Penn State because Paterno wasn’t the one who committed the alleged acts.
Paterno’s lack of action was worse than Sandusky’s alleged actions.
Many people thought Paterno was a great man because he won a lot of football games and guided many people through their young adult lives at Penn State. But when children really needed him to be great, he wasn’t.
How Do You Feel About Paterno’s Death?
A vastly overrated coach with a huge ego. Only about 70% of his players—who were supposedly college STUDENTS—actually graduated in 45 years. Anybody who thinks he didn't know about Sandusky is unbelievably naive—you simply cannot cover that up for 20-30 years. If he DIDN'T know, he is the most naive person on the planet.
You missed the point I was making about Paterno. the donations and winning aren't what made him great, it was making his players better people. He did defend the children against those acts by reporting the information he was given SECOND HAND to his superiors that ran the school. At no time did he witness it, so he didn't protect them how? Again you skip over McCreary for not doing anything when he DID witness the acts and target the one man that DID report it. Guilt by association isn't how it works but same as you it's my opinion.
I was saddened when I heard he died, to me Paterno was a great man that was treated like a dog his final months by the university and press. To be honest what Sandusky did was and is reprehensible but the fact of the matter is Paterno reported the matter, which he heard second hand, to his superiors as he should've done. It isn't reasonable to assume they would investigate the matter and take it from there. He's been crucified for following the correct path on SECOND HAND information. The fact McQueary says he saw the actions being committed and didn't stop it, in fact he changed what he saw after his Grand Jury testimony, is horrible. He should've been the one that was fired, he should've been the one the press and other crucified for lack of action. Paterno did more for Penn State and the people there than arguably anyone else in history and his legacy was tarnished because of the Sandusky/McQueary link. He was the scapegoat the university used to take the heat off of them. How many read the article about the school being investigated by the Federal government and NCAA? Not many for that reason. For those that use the reasoning "But he should've known" Let me ask this: When you were younger did you know everything your brother/sister did when they weren't around you? No, you didn't. If you're a parent do you know EVERYTHING your child does at every minute of the day? No, you don't. Same applies here. Paterno was a great man that demanded more from his students academically than any other college coach. He demanded more from them as men than most others. He was the culture in Penn State and that is his legacy and what he should be remembered for. Not for being the scapegoat by a board of directors that couldn't do their jobs or for the crimes committed by two other men. Sorry to rant but I had to get it off my chest.
I think you make a lot of good points, but I struggle to call Paterno "great" because of donations to school, demanding more from his students, or by winning. He could've been "great" by defending children that couldn't defend for themselves. THAT would've been great. Even if you go back to 1998 when Sandusky admitted to showering with boys and said that he "wouldn't do it again," Penn State and Paterno kind of forced Sandusky's retirement but kept him as a special assistant. There was definitely some knowledge of Sandusky's actions and, in my opinion, a cover-up.