Former Penn State Coach Joe Paterno Reportedly Near Death

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (CBS Cleveland/AP) — A Paterno family spokesman says the former Penn State football coach has not passed away despite multiple reports indicating that Joe Paterno died from lung cancer Saturday night.

“Over the last few days Joe Paterno has experienced further health complications,” family spokesman Dan McGinn said in a brief statement Saturday to The Associated Press. “His doctors have now characterized his status as serious.

“His family will have no comment on the situation and asks that their privacy be respected during this difficult time,” he said.

Paterno’s sons Scott and Jay both took to Twitter Saturday night to refute reports that their father had died.

Wrote Jay Paterno: “I appreciate the support (and) prayers. Joe is continuing to fight.”

Onward State, the university’s student-run website, apologized for originally reporting that Paterno had died.

“I ask not for your forgiveness, but for your understanding,” managing editor Devon Edwards said in a statement on the website, adding that he was stepping down immediately. “I am so very, very, sorry, and we at Onward State continue to pray for Coach Paterno.” also apologized for falsely reporting Paterno’s death.

“Earlier Saturday night, published an unsubstantiated report that former Penn State coach Joe Paterno had died,” the statement said. “That mistake was the result of a failure to verify the original report. holds itself to high journalistic standards, and in this circumstance tonight, we fell well short of those expectations.”

Joe Paterno has been in the hospital since Jan. 13 for observation for what his family had called minor complications from his cancer treatments. Not long before that, he conducted his only interview since losing his job, with The Washington Post. Paterno was described as frail then and wearing a wig. The second half of the two-day interview was conducted by his bedside.

The Citizens’ Voice reports that the 85-year-old is near death and that Paterno’s wife, Sue, asked family and friends to come to his bedside so he could say his final goodbyes.

Roughly 200 students and townspeople gathered Saturday night at a statue of Paterno just outside a gate at Beaver Stadium. Some brought candles, while others held up their smart phones to take photos of the scene. The mood was somber, with no chanting or shouting.

“Drove by students at the Joe statue,” Jay Paterno tweeted. “Just told my Dad about all the love & support–inspiring him.”

The final days of Paterno’s Penn State career were easily the toughest in his 61 years with the university and 46 seasons as head football coach.

Sandusky, a longtime defensive coordinator who was on Paterno’s staff in two national title seasons, was arrested Nov. 5 and ultimately charged with sexually abusing a total of 10 boys over 15 years. His arrest sparked outrage not just locally but across the nation and there were widespread calls for Paterno to quit.

Paterno announced late on Nov. 9 that he would retire at the end of the season but just hours later he received a call from board vice chairman John Surma, telling him he had been terminated as coach. By that point, a crowd of students and media were outside the Paterno home. When news spread that Paterno had been dumped, there was rioting in State College.

Police on Saturday night had barricaded off the block where Paterno lives, and a police car was stationed about 50 yards from his home. A light was on in the living room but there was no activity inside. No one was outside, other than reporters and photographers stationed there.

Trustees said this week they pushed Paterno out in part because he failed a moral responsibility to report an allegation made in 2002 against Sandusky to authorities outside the university. They also felt he had challenged their authority and that, as a practical matter, with all the media in town and attention to the Sandusky case, he could no longer run the team.

Paterno testified before the grand jury investigating Sandusky that he had relayed to his bosses an accusation that came from graduate assistant Mike McQueary, who said he saw Sandusky abusing a boy in the showers of the Penn State football building.

Paterno told the Post that he didn’t know how to handle the charge, but a day after McQueary visited him, Paterno spoke to the athletic director and the administrator with oversight over the campus police.

Wick Sollers, Paterno’s lawyer, called the board’s comments this week self-serving and unsupported by the facts. Paterno fully reported what he knew to the people responsible for campus investigations, Sollers said.

“He did what he thought was right with the information he had at the time,” Sollers said.

Sandusky says he is innocent and is out on bail, awaiting trial.

The back and forth between Paterno’s representative and the board reflects a trend in recent weeks, during which Penn State alumni — and especially former players, including Hall of Fame running back Franco Harris — have questioned the trustees’ actions and accused them of failing to give Paterno a chance to defend himself.

Three town halls, in Pittsburgh, suburban Philadelphia and New York City, seemed to do little to calm the situation and dozens of candidates have now expressed interest in running for the board, a volunteer position that typically attracts much less interest.

While everyone involved has said the focus should be on Sandusky’s accusers and their ordeals, the abuse scandal for Paterno put a sour ending on a sterling career. Paterno won 409 games and took the Nittany Lions to 37 bowl games and those two national championships. More than 250 of the players he coached went on to the NFL.

With his thick glasses, rolled up khakis and white socks, Paterno was synonymous with Penn State and was seen in many ways as the archetypal football coach.

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  • wrickard

    One great Man, so sad, just goes to show how sad our society is, blaming someone before any real knowledge of what happened surfaced. I will miss His, Him as I miss Elvis , Bob Hope and John Wayne as all American in the very truest sense.

    • GrandInquisitor

      Gee – I didn’t know the King, Bob Hope and the Duke covered for pedaphiles.

    • joecool

      JoePa has done more for young people than most can even understand. To pre-judge him, fire him and destroy him is part of today’s politics of destruction, and it fits with the sound-bite mentality of so many in our nation.

      Jerry Sandusky is an evil monster and a genius manipulator. I doubt many of the Monday Morning quarterbacks on this issue were ever violated by a monster such as Sandusky, or they might understand how thoroughly controlling he could be.

      Unless you have felt the fire of perversion as a victim, it is very difficult to understand the web of evil around a Jerry Sandusky. A good manipulator will make YOU think you’re the crazy one.

      • CentpaG

        Excellent post. I get weary of defending Mr. Paterno (of whom I have stated should have been replaced as coach for several years due to the changing attitudes of the “elite college athlete” getting away from his idealistic wants), but for him to have had to endure this kind of punishment for doing what was prescribed for him to do, is unfathonable.

        Many of these posters are just haters of his because he expected much of others and because of Penn State’s success (in football and other areas) that would not have been acheived without Paterno’s support. Some posters are venting their own shortcomings.

        To those “Joe should have done more, I would have” people, I don’t believe that you would have. I hear that all the time. I have witnessed it very rarely. But along those same lines, why are we not saying that NONE of this would be an issue had McQ have done more at the very moment he witness this (still alleged) heinious act? A young big strapping football player/coach seeing a late 50 year old doing this? Why did he not “do more” than leaving and only talking to his dad and then Joe? Had he “done more” at that very instant, all of this would be a moot point.

        So slam and hate away. But look at your own life and see if you “do more” EVERY time you see some wrong being done. Not just Do More, but do you do ANYTHING?

        To you haters, it sounds like Mr. Paterno will be out of your hair in the near future. My hope is he will not. But when he is gone and after the facts have all come out, I hope this media and you posters will be back on here with your apologzes to the Paternos. I doubt you will have the guts for that either.

      • Sue

        RIP Joe

    • hope12

      I am so sorry Coach Paterno’s celebrated life has to end this way. This man did not deserve to go out this way. My heart goes out to him and his family.

    • I SEE YOU


      • ICE13

        Actually Satanists push a message of peace and kindness. Learn about what you’re talking about clown.

    • LJP

      I totally agree…well put!!!!

    • LJP

      YES…WELL PUT!!!!

    • McCarthyism

      I’m so glad this enabling pile of human excrement is suffering immensely before he departs the land of the living. His next round of judgement & punishment — in the after life — will be far worse…

    • Mike

      Are you kidding me. He could have make a huge impact in a few young boys life but your great Man didn’t.

    • Jeff

      Are you that deft? Please, where there is smoke there is always fire. Cue the Bob Costas interview and get out of your denial mode.

      • Kevin Stowell


      • Brad

        Laffin; At the time no one knew the Duke Lacrosse accuser was a “known” liar. You have to be a disturbed female by your post. Am I right? As soon as someone yells abuse, (also known as yelling “fire” in other situations) the entire community, in this case liberals, reach for their shotguns and ropes to string up the varmint. No trial, no jury, no judge, no due process, just good-ole vigilante justice. Duke Lacrosse. Kobe Bryant. Hermann Cain. and millions of other men “falsely” accused.

      • no

        You’re the kind of idiot that ruins the justice system. “Why, this guy MUST be guilty! I’m going to vote that he’s guilty! After all, if he wasn’t guilty, why did the police arrest him?!”.

        Patornou may well be guilty, but whether or not he is, your statement is F-ing retarded.

      • Onlooker

        All I can say is this wouldn’t have gone down this same path if it was Jo-Pa’s grandkid. Tell you what, no authority on campus would have stopped the a** whooping going on up in there. So…….since that didn’t happen……all we can do is speculate on motives and intentions. :(

      • Dave

        onlooker, you are SO right. If this was one of Paterno’s grandkids it never would have gone down that way, and that is just shameful. There was a moral failure, but Paterno was human, as are we all, and he made a serious mistake. He was not the abuser of these boys, but has some culpability nonetheless.

      • Gerbil

        Once again, Penn State can’t get it right! The college paper reported Joe’s death just a tad too soon! As aPa. taxpayer, I am outraged at in the inept handling of this mess. However, Joe is in the middle of the mess. It wasn;t his playbook in the showere…no harm, no foul!

      • John Cartman

        Jeff, You are an idiot.

      • B Real

        Timx –

        Syracuse basketball? Because one of the accusers admits he lied? Pay attention – even Fine’s wife indicated (in so many words) that he did it.

      • JT Deth

        Where there is smoke there is ALWAYs fire? So you mean to say that when people said Clinton was constantly messing with bimbos and he denied it, it was real? Or that when Obama was accused of being a member of SDS and was supported by SDS members and radical leftists like Wright and was indeed a far left ideologue masquerading Alinsky-style as a fake moderate, the accusations were real? Or that Pelosi’s husband made millions from government contracts she influenced that was real? I cannot believe that you believe that where there is smoke there is ALWAYS fire.

      • strosfan

        He’s dead now. Feel better?

      • GFM2012

        Jeff, you are a consummate horse’s ass. “Where there’s smoke there is always fire.” What a monumentally ignorant point of view. Because there’s an allegation by the dimwit media, we should assume it is true. Incredible stupidity. When I hear an allegation made by the sorry media in the U.S., I automatically assume it is FALSE until I am convinced by a preponderance of evidence. Morons like you are the reason that these pathetic journalist impersonators thrive – not on accuracy and truth-telling, but on sensationalism and distortion. You must be a liberal.

      • Timx

        Not always. Duke lacrosse. Syracuse basketball is looking like it could be also.

      • henryk

        I think he meant daft duh

      • laffin'atcha

        Timx – What about Duke Lacrosse? That they were accused by a KNOWN liar, who has since be arrested numerous times? May you and your family have, and enjoy, the spoils of being wrongly accused. Joe Paterno did wrong, plain and simple…

      • Austin

        deft: characterized by facility and skill
        Used in a sentence: The photographer is known for her deft use of lighting.
        Maybe you meant deaf?

  • too bad

    I think in the end it was a broken heart. May he have peace in death.

    • libbet


    • gmk17

      Short and sweet…you have it right.

    • The Sage Waitress


  • Mr. X

    PSU officials should have his death on their conscience. They handled this in an inept, ham-fisted manner.

    May PSU rot in hell for their shameful mistreatment of an elderly man dying of cancer.


    • GOgogoStopSTOP

      The handling of Joe Pa’s firing reminds me of the beginning of the French Revolution… they started trying to do something they thought was right, & it ended with blood & bodies & fear & loathing, everywhere.

      Penn State will ride this tiger for a long, long time.

    • Onlooker

      And may this elderly man have his last thoughts “what if that was my grandkid”…….

      • Dave

        I do feel badly that he is in pain and dying, but he didn’t do enough. Even he said that. There’s no need to wish him in hell, he didn’t do the abusing, but he is accountable for not doing more.

      • ella funt

        Well? It wasn’t his grand kid. — ” What if it was your grandkid?????”
        AND!! What if Sandusky was your father or brother???? What if–What if

      • Artemis

        Once again, as a supermajority of the media repeatedly failed to point out until after he was fired (and if Joe Paterno had been even the slightest bit vindictive toward the University, the Commonwealth—Penn State receiving partial funding from the state—would have lawful grounds to pursue defamation and false light tort claims), Paterno not only reported the incident to University officials, but reported the incident to the administrative head of the University Police Department. In addition, Paterno, not being an attorney, referred the incident through the internal reporting structure no different than that which is required in cases of securities fraud, for example. “What if Penn State had been a bank, and Joe Paterno had knew a Bernie Madoff was in their midst? Why wouldhe not go to police, but instead allow billions of dollars to disappear from peoples’ retirement accounts? There are elderly people with alzheimers who are now homeless.” This latter logic has being applied to demonize Joe Paterno, and it is despicable. Children are the most vulnerable of victims and they deserve the highest level of protection in our society. But mob mentality driven by incomplete sensational journalism to achieve advertising click revenues provides no excuse for the treatment which was handled in this case, and it leaves me to question not only the values of our media, but also the competence of my fellow Americans. There was good reason our founding fathers did not trust the masses and refused to allow direct election of Senators or the President.

      • Texas

        Onlookers—-How do you know that Paterno didn’t do enough? Joe said that, in retrospect and once he learned that higher-level school officials had not followed up aggressively, that he wished he had done more. But, after McQuery reported the situation to him, he immediately informed the school officials responsible for police relations. Remember also that McQuery was far from explicit and specific in what he told Paterno. Insofar as anyone knows, Paterno thought all along that appropriate investigation and action had been taken. Did he pass the buck on to others? Yes, but he passed the buck on to those responsible for handling the situation and well positioned to do so. By the way, I have no connection whatsoever to PSU but, after working in the criminal justice system for over 25 years, I have learned not to jump to conclusions and to differentiate evidence from opinion.

      • GOgogoStopSTOP

        Your post drips with revenge, angry revenge. “What if, what if, what if?” You are an onlooker, for sure, someone sitting off hoping to see blood & guts, uncaring who’s it is. And you don’t have the fact’s of Artemis or you don’t care to learn them.

        You come from the mobs of the French Revolution, the Leninist, Marxist Circus Maximus of hate for what others have & you don’t. He was an ordinary guy who made a great life for himself. He had a God that put him where luck would find him. He had his ups & downs as we all do. But no matter his achievements or shortcomings… why the reaction of “his punishment isn’t enough?” I don’t understand it.

    • Vicky Bevis

      So let me get this stright: If Paterno wasn’t elderly AND dying, it would be O.K. to call out what, in most of Pa., is a GOD!? I know; I lived there most of my adult life & remember at the time many years ago when he talked about retiring & going out on top. THAT would have left a sterling legacy.

      I gew up in E. Ohio & retired back here. I don’t remember any “riots” in Columbus when Woody Hayes was terminated & he was as much a “god” here as Peterno is in Pa.

      BTW, I have a nephew who did time for molesting his step-daughter & if I’d known, I”d have reported him in a minute. And if the “authorities” didn’t do anything, I’d report it higher up until I got some action.

    • bill curry

      may paterno rot in hell with sandusky for willingly allowing the abuse to continue. if he truly wanted to bring a stop to the abuse, he could have had him banned from campus. paterno built the school on the backs of abused children.

  • BuddyP

    A once great leader cast under the bus by the University he helped to build, near death and disgraced. It’s all a damn shame

    • sfburke

      The buck has to stop somewhere and it should have stopped with him.

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  • emma

    We will all have to stand before God on judgement day at which time our actions will be judged, our motives for doing what we did or saying what we said, not how many football games we won or lost. The key word in that sentence is ALL of us. To God, sin is sin, there are no varying degrees.

    • Pamela

      Actually, there are varying degrees. Jesus, Himself, said to Pilate that the one who turned Him over had ‘the greater sin’.

      But there is forgiveness for those who ask, no matter how great the sin. Peace.

    • ella funt

      Why did God let it happen?? Why didn’t God stop it??? Why does God make perverts, homosexuals, retards, killers , etc????????

      • Dr. Feelgood

        Its called free will.

    • Mark

      No varying degrees of sin? So someone telling a little white lie is the same as Hitler or Stalin? How about bluffing at poker? Is that the same as cheating on a spouse? Don’t be stupid.

      • Chico

        Um, those examples aren’t sins. I see your point, but you’re making it very poorly.

  • A.C.Guard

    The real question is why did the family allow, or ask for, the hospital to put a man so close to death from lung cancer on a respirator? It makes no sense.

    • hope12

      Why shouldn’t “the buck” have stopped with the man who walked in on Sandusky abusing a child? That is where the anger should be directed–not at Paterno.

      • bill curry

        bc paterno held immense power at the school–ultimately he is responsible for following up on such abuse–please….the tired comments of “he did what he needed to–he reported to administration” is a pathetic excuse and strawman argument. Paterno was the center of power and that he didn’t follow through–essentially he willingly allowed abuse to continue– this calls into question paterno’s true interests–more interested in football then abuse. Paterno was complicit to some degree and for this he now knows his punishment as he has passed away.

  • Dan

    A legend on the football field, now more famous for his lack of control of the locker room showers. Too bad such a great man made the moral mistake of putting a friend and colleague before justice. Just remember, we are all fallable, and even the great Joe had his. I will remember the great Joe forever, and let the Lord judge him in passing.

  • WDDB

    Helpless in the hands of Fate.

  • Richard

    Hey August….Let he without sin cast the first stone. You don’t know the whole story and none of us probably ever will. You also don’t know the man who is JoePa to millions, he spent a lifetime as a one of the most upstanding members of the community and University.. He reported what he was told to his superiors, should he have done more…you could argue that but there are a lot more people out there who have done less.

    • Onlooker

      Yup, just like he would have done if it was his grandkid. Wait a second, no…. he would have done something different.
      End of story.:(

    • jmh54

      well said Richard. I can’t believe some of these comment that have been written.

    • Jeff

      And he leaves this world known to many millions for his misdeeds.

      Did you think about that before writing your diatribe?

  • King Solomom

    The decision of Penn State to move Paterno along even before there was any serious investigation is responsible for the ill health in which Paterno now finds himself. If Paterno dies withing the next few days, those responsible for his firing should be tried for manslaughter.

    • Onlooker

      Then with that logic, king, the athletic dept. owes the raped boys (im sorry, sodomized boys) mental and physical medical treatment for the rest of their lives. And the fans should riot/turn over cars/ boycott alumni meetings/ quit paying dues until each VICTIM is supported first before the next jersey is bought for that pathetic school. :(

    • sfburke

      Oh, baloney. He had lung cancer, and he didn’t get it from this deal.

    • Vicky Bevis

      You obviously know niothing about lung cancer! (Retired nurse). BTW, poor JoPa was “smart” enough to have signed his & his wife’s home over to her for $1 last summer, so they knew some very bad dreck was coming.

    • eddie333

      Tried for manslaughter? You can’t be serious.

      • blupill

        1OO$ says King Solomon will be an attorney some day (or already is) probably a DA

  • eddie333

    I wonder if his sudden decline is due to sepsis.

  • dan

    wow, the judgement of some of you hateful losers is astonishing. you have no information about what happened but glee in the suffering of a human being. Speaking of karma, the hate that lives in your heart will consume you in the end.

    • Onlooker

      I know, JoPa is a very forgiving man. After all it happened to his OWN grandkid and he did all that he was legally bound to do and not phone 911. Oh, snap, that didn’t happen. Never mind. Karma does occur, maybe its coming for all of HIS supporters. Who is next in happy valley?

    • Vicky Bevis

      You mistake “Abject Disgust” for “hate,” Dan. Until you have been molested as I was by a Band Director & 2 others, You don’t kjnow what “walking a mile in one’s shoe” is all about.

      Hate? I live a wonderful life with my husband of 45 yrs. 2 incredible children & a comfortable retirement. And I do volunteer work? do you?

  • Travis

    PSU trustees, ESPN and other liberal media should be proud of themselves. They blamed an innocent man for another man’s abnormal homosexual behavior against young boys. Just like the animals in the Catholic Church homosexual scandal, etc. The media looked for scapegoats rather than pin the blame directly where it should’ve been…against predatory homosexuals stalking America’s young boys. Absolutely pathetic. God bless Joe Paterno, you will be vindicated and embraced by God with open arms.

    • RonT

      It’s nice that all these “moral” specialist feel that blaming an innocent man for their over active investigative powers. Who knows what the real story is because of the media malpractice. The one thing, Coach Paterno is not the perpetrator in this case, and was victimize by the media for being so naive to think that taking the issue to his bosses for them to handle it was the right thing to do! Rest in peace Coach!

      • Drew

        Evil happens when good men do nothing. Seems to be what happened here; He made a report to his superiors, enough to clear his conscience…or enough to cover his butt?

    • Vicky Bevis

      Travis: Please look up the difference between “homoexuality” & “pedophilia.” There IS a difference & it makes for a more informed conversation.

    • Bub

      Totally agree….

      • Travis

        Nate, I completely know my “arse froma a hole in the ground.” The crimes at PSU and in the Catholic Church, and groups like NAMBLA wouldn’t exist if Americans weren’t forced by political correctness to tolerate an abnormal lifestyle choice like homosexuality. Of course ANY crime against a minor is horrendous, but that’s not the issue in this article or the PSU crime. Sandusky committed a rape against minor boys by having homosexual sex with them. The media in an effort to divert attention away from that…scapegoated an innocent man in Paterno. I mean this scandal isn’t even about Sandusky’s behavior anymore, whenever it’s discussed the first name mentioned is Paterno, how wrong is that? Also, I’m not on “insecure” about anything, I’m just a normal person sick of being forced to tolerate the abnormal.

    • deb

      so if he raped young girls, like so many athletes and coaches do, you’d be okay with it? perhaps we need to take a look at your personal life.

      • Nate

        Travis, you do realize by scapegoating homosexuality, you’re being incredibly disrespectful to the victims of sexual molestation. You’re using their suffering as a means to back up your own insecurities and prejudices. Honestly, you should be ashamed of yourself, especially when you come in here on your high horse spewing complete nonsense.

      • Nate

        Also missing is your complete condemnation of heterosexuality. Since you seem to be an expert in sexual molestation crimes, how do you explain the situations where a child is molested by someone of the opposite sex? If you’re going to scapegoat homosexuality when it’s a boy molested by a man, you sure as hell better be scapegoating heterosexuality when it’s a case of a child molested by someone of the opposite sex. Or is that kind of behavior less serious than same-sex molestation cases?

        You don’t know your arse from a hole in the ground.

      • Travis

        Feel free to look at my personal life. Name me the athletes and coaches who have “raped young girls” and gotten away with it? That is a BS argument, again in a lame attempt to deflect attention away from the homosexual aspect of the PSU crime and the Catholic Church crime. Homosexuality is an abnormal behavior choice, and it is endangering young boys and men in this country…period!

  • gutsygirl

    Joe did what he was supposed to, he reported to those above him. PSU is what killed Joe, after all he gave to them. I wish him peace.

    • Onlooker

      That is ALL he would have done if it was HIS GRANDSON?
      IF YES, continue on with your rationalization.

    • Smile

      PSU gave Joe lung cancer?

  • m. geary

    God bless you,Joe Pa.Your fellow Brooklyn Prep alumni. 1972.
    Ad Majorem Gloriam Deum.

  • steve thomas

    The Lord works in mysterious ways. Hell has an opening for you joe…

  • larry

    Will Sandusky come by for a last hug or….?

  • stevevancampen

    the inept psu board of trustees should be spanked for what they diid so unfairly to joe paterno…it is a national disgrace..1964 grad

  • Dr.IceCheck

    Some people here are absolutely brutal. For 46 years, the man did a pretty good job producing academic all-americans and building up a university.

    If he made a mistake in the year 2002, I can accept that. We all have done things wrong.

    To blame a man for the failures of his superiors is a lttle harsh>

    Unless you are perfect, let’s have a little class for a human being on death’s door.

  • andy

    Good Riddance hope u have a nice trip to hell

    • twiiliam

      You do know that Joe Parterno has never been accused of molesting a child. That place in hell may be yours for judging him. Have you ever suspected anyone of pedophilia and reported it to your supervisors and then you go to hell? What kind of warped religion to which you belong….must be a small group.

  • Dave

    Sounds like things really got out of hand at PSU. The football program should be suspended until further notice. The players can keep their scholarships to honor what they were promised. What an absolute disgrace this has been to a once highly respected coach, football team and college.

    Penn State can take this issue and rebuild from it. How they respond is what matters.

  • mtm105

    a Shakespearian Tragedy, for sure. From thi height of most victories to the depths of protecting a child abuser and enabling the Pres and others to get fired.

    Now all PSU has to do is figure how to spin his death to get more $ from it’s alums. It has grown dependent on it’s football profits and will soon not only lose in $, but talent will not be willing to go there, either.

    • JFK

      What did he do to protect a child abuser, specifically?

      • Vicky Bevis

        He, as head of the football program, was responsible for at least an investigation into the allegations. Was Sandusky ever called to a meeting of HIS superiors & asked about this in a formal way? If so, I didn’t hear about it.

  • La Liz

    So sorry for this entire situation. It is very cringe-worthy, but I think Joe Paterno and McQueary should have done more. May he rest in peace.

  • James

    I’ll take St. Peter and lay the points.

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