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What the hell is that?
The reality is that Paterno has been scapegoated by many who thought he should have retired, never thought much of Penn State,or are scared to death that it will lose some of its endowments. The reality is that Paterno received incredible allegations that were watered down from what was actually seen. The reality is that this football coach did what he was supposed to do, and forwarded the allegations for review by the appropriate authorities. No criminal charges were ever even contemplated for this supposed "willful inaction," but the Big Ten wasted no time in scratching his name off its bullshit trophy.
Now he's dead, killed as much by a vicious media as by the cancer eating away at his lungs.
I suspect he'll be getting a kinder reception wherever he is now than he did in his sad final months at Penn State.
Joe Owens has a terrific little homage to a great man.
Updated 10:24 AM: LV Congressman Charlie Dent has released this statement: "Today, the nation learned of the passing of legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. While many Americans will remember Coach Paterno for his unparalleled success on the field, Penn State students, alumni and fans will never forget his love for the University and contributions to its development. With a heavy heart, I offer my deepest sympathy to the entire Paterno family, especially Joe's loving wife Sue. As a proud Nittany Lion and Pennsylvanian, I will miss Coach Paterno's extraordinary humility, unique spirit and contagious smile."