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We haven't commented or linked to anything relating to the child sex abuse scandal involving former assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky. But the allegations (and I only use that word because that is what they technically are at this point in spite of how very true they appear to be) are bringing down one of the most legendary college football coaches of all time. A few weeks ago nobody would have ever imagined that JoPa would be leaving coaching in any way other than on his own terms.
I haven't fully figured out how I feel about his involvement which was really a lack of appropriate action, but as a football fan it is unfortunate to see such a revered figure having this scandal as the end of his legacy. This is more than a footnote, it may re-define his legacy. I do believe that this was the right move. Let him finish out the season but then it is time to move on. Paterno technically and legally did nothing wrong but he could have done more.
"This is a tragedy. It is one of the great sorrows of my life. With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more. My goals now are to keep my commitments to my players and staff and finish the season with dignity and determination. And then I will spend the rest of my life doing everything I can to help this university."
The effort to protect the image of the University and the football program superseded what should have been a concerted effort to do more than just remove Sandusky from the University. But their inaction is hurting the University and Paterno's legacy more now than it would have then and they are paying for it.
It is unfortunate on so many levels.