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1 PhillyPretzel  Sun, Jan 22, 2012 8:53:02am

Rest in Peace Joe Pa. It is a very sad day in Happy Valley. He will be missed.

2 _RememberTonyC  Sun, Jan 22, 2012 9:15:34am

I take no pleasure in Joe Paterno's death, but it was sadly predictable. When his world exploded over the Sandusky affair, it was too late for any "Plan B.". After all, if ever a man didn't need a "Plan B," it was Joe-Pa. And like another football icon 30 years before Joe, Alabama legend Bear Bryant, once football was over for these men, their main reason for carrying on was gone. RIP Joe Paterno.

3 nines09  Sun, Jan 22, 2012 10:20:04am

I always held Joe Paterno is high regard as a college football coach. While other programs had scandals and payoffs Penn State seemed above that type of chicanery. The graduation rate was also something that was admirable. The players themselves seemed to be held accountable to a code of conduct that was civil and promoted good sportsmanship. The Sandusky affair makes me wonder how much Joe knew or wanted to know about Jerry. Jerry retired and many thought is was because Joe Pa would never retire. Everybody thought he would die with his high water pants on along the sidelines. That Jerry Sandusky did not pursue a coaching career outside State College in retrospect seems odd now. In my final thoughts on Joe Paterno I will not be able to shake the thought that Joe let down a kid. A kid just like the ones who come to State College to be educated and grow into men. That Joe had information irregardless of how fuzzy it may seem to him, the words shower, Jerry and minor boy should set off fire alarms.
Joe let a kid down. I cannot shake that. I've seen that world and know the helplessness that kid felt. I respect Joe Paterno as an honorable football coach. As a man who should have known better I have my reservations. Rest in peace Joe. The kids are now safe from Jerry.


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