Will charges tarnish Paterno's reputation?

Paterno must explain

Teddy Greenstein

Chicago Tribune

In a word, yes. Read the 23-page grand jury findings and you will be horrified and sickened. And angry. The target of our anger, assuming the allegations are true, is Jerry Sandusky.

Next we get to Tim Curley and ask: Is it true he failed to contact law enforcement regarding the incident between Sandusky and a minor in a Penn State locker-room shower? As for Paterno, who always has seemed like the grandfather we wish we had, did he make every reasonable attempt to protect the minors around Sandusky? Or were his motives to protect a longtime friend and the reputation of his football program?

Paterno needs to level with the public. To save his reputation, he'll need to explain why he appeared to choose ignorance over vigilance.


Why didn't he do more?

Chris Dufresne

Los Angeles Times

This is one of the most disturbing stories to ever hit college athletics and has the potential to affect Penn State at the highest levels for years to come.

Two top administrators have already stepped aside, and it might just be the beginning. There is every indication Joe Paterno followed the proper chain of command in reporting the one incident he says he knew about to his superior, but how could a coach with his high moral standing not do more?

We're talking about children. Paterno will likely be a prosecution witness against Jerry Sandusky, his longtime assistant. Paterno turns 85 in December. It's sad to think such a storied career could end under such sordid circumstances. Everyone who has admired Paterno should hope for the best but brace for the worst.


His legacy will suffer

Jeff Schuler

Morning Call

What is the lasting image of Ohio State's Woody Hayes? Is it the 205 victories and 13 Big Ten championships in 28 years? Or is it the uppercut he delivered to Clemson's Charlie Bauman in the 1978 Gator Bowl that led to Hayes' dismissal?

Even though Joe Paterno isn't directly involved with the shocking revelations over the weekend, and even though Jerry Sandusky hasn't been part of the football program since 1999, there's no doubt this will ultimately tarnish Paterno's legacy. This will become his lasting image.

While Paterno may have met his legal obligations, he will forever be dogged by questions about whether he had a moral obligation to do more nine years ago. And that's where his legacy and reputation will suffer.


Shame on Paterno

George Diaz

Orlando Sentinel

Joe Paterno is toast.

His legacy, all those wins, his reputation as a cantankerous coach who was among the best in the business is now sullied forever.

He chose to be a passive bystander during the most disgusting scandal in college sports history. The standard for doing the right thing when it comes to sexually abused children goes beyond the legal obligation of telling your boss.

He characterized the sexual abuse of a child as "horseplay" because he said he was not given all the details of what happened.

"If this is true we were all fooled," Paterno said.

He is right about that. We all thought that Paterno and Penn State would do the right thing.

Shame on them.


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