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Published: Sunday, Jan. 22 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

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New to Utah

Joe Paterno was a great football coach and human being. It is disgraceful that an overzealous media and a politically correct mainstream media sought to discredit his achievements because of someone elses crimes. So much of what transpired to cause the firing of Joe Paterno lacked context, fairness and balance and now he is dead with not the dignity he deserved. He did not break any law, he reported the incident, he cared about those being abused. The lifetime of serving young men and being a winner now has an asterisk,

Williams, AZ

A truly great coach has died and will be missed.I believe that people will only want to remenber how he left the sport that he truly love and devoted his life to for 61 years.The man made a mistake that cost him what he loved most college football. My heart and my prays go out to his family, that lost a father and a husband, and a granfather. Joe Paterno did alot for Penn State in the years that he coach him and should be remenber for that and not just for the sex sandal that cost the man his job, he did do alot of good, and he will be held accountable only tto God, and not the people who spoke of ill of one mistake he did. The man did accept his part in not going to the police and believed that the system and chain of command at Penn State would handle the problem, and they are the ones that dropped the ball. Joe lost his job and so did the president and other which were as guilty as Joe.

Beverly Hills, CA

No amount of football success will ever compensate for what happened to those kids in the 10 years he looked the other way.

Clearfield, UT

Dissapointing that such a great career had to end the way it did. His heart was in the right place.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

@New to Utah

"...someone else's crimes."

I'm pretty sure that failure to report child rape is a crime in its own right.


"His heart was in the right place."

You sure about that? Seems to me he was nothing more than a man who was very good at his job, and was willing to cover up crimes to keep it that way. Would you look at the guys who ran Enron and say their hearts were in the right place?

Joe Paterno was as great of a failure off the field as he was a success on it.


Joe you are a legend and a good man surrounded by those who gravy trained on your name and good will. It is sad that your brutes, Mr. Sandusky, betrayed you and now your name will be tarnished by the evils that live in the hearts of conspiring men.


He said he did what he thought was right at the time. Who are we to say otherwise? So much suffering takes place in the world everyday and we pretend like it doesnât. Let God judge the man and may he rest in peace.

Nussdorfer AC
Salt Lake City, UT

Joe Paterno, after his notice of the 2002 incident, allowed Sandusky, into practices, on the field for games, into the locker room, and onto bowl game trips with young men from Second Mile. Paterno also claims he'd never heard of a man sexually abusing a male minor.

Paterno was part of the cover up and allowed a most horrific tragedy to perpetuate.

Salt Lake City, UT

The media should have been writing an article every day about the criminal Sandusky. But that's boring. That doesn't sell newspapers. So instead the media twisted the story to make it seem about Joe Paterno, because he is well known.

Not enough has been written to condemn McQuery for the way he mishandled reporting. He is the witness. He is the one who should have called police. Paterno knows about football. Going to him about the Sandusky issue is like asking your grandfather to figure out what's wrong with your computer. He's not going to be able to figure it out. There is someone better able to fix it.

Salem, UT

It takes 20 years ( or 50 plus) to build a reputation and 5 minutes to destroy it- Warren Buffet

Lehi, UT

To those who are so self-righteous, "Let him who is without sin cast the first stone."


At first, I too excused Paterno's actions regarding the sexual abuse of "at-risk" children. After all, Paterno reported it to his superiors. But the truth is, no one held more sway than Joe Paterno. Sandusky continued to be a presence around Penn State. Sandusky had fund raisers for his charity attended by the assistant coach who witnessed the abuse first hand. I cannot comprehend being able to even look at Sandusky after witnessing such a horrible crime. Man's inhumanity to man is stunning.

It is sad Paterno's legacy ended the way it did. But the greatest tragedy is how Paterno and others inaction facilitated the destruction of children.

Salt Lake City, UT

Hearing JoePa's comments last month was further proof that he still didn't understand what he did wrong...or what he didn't do right. Sex crimes against children is serious crime, perhaps the most serious. And because they are children, they lack the resources to stand up and protect themselves. We, adults, must do it for them.

You don't report sex crimes against children perpetuated by a fellow coach, who you see everyday and have contact with EVERY DAY, and then ASSUME things will be handled. Any real man would have stopped what happened in the shower that day and dragged the pervert to authorities directly. Any real man would have followed up on the matter with authorities because any true man would not want a trusted coach by his side for 15 years who is a child molester. Any true man would have ACTED!

I regret such a good man as Paterno was so trusting and naive as to let such allegations go by the waste side. He deserved better but earned what he got.

Where's Stockton ???
Bowling Green, OH

@New to Utah...etal
He was a great coach...there is no doubt. But was he a great man??? That's the question that will forever linger in peoples minds. Before this story broke he seemed to have been...but now...it's not a certainty that he was. As JJJHS has already said...all that glory does not compensate him...if he did turn his back on any of these kids.

(Just another Voice... also from Payson,Utah)

Williams, AZ

It's easy for some of you still have no sense of forgiveness, all the sexual abuse that happen in Utah after the Joe P case went public and maybe before you condem Joe P maybe you need to be comending all the people in Utah that has abused children too, or sexual sandal. I for one believed that Joe Paterno did make mistakes in the way he handled the abuse case, and hind site is 20/20. What about what happen at BYU, volition of the Honor code I don't hear you people codeming BYU when they do wrong. Show some respect for the dead man and to his family, not one posting was there any show of comfort said to his family, holy than tho.

Iowa City, IA

For whatever this may add to the discussion, the program access Sandusky had was not granted to him by Joe Paterno. Sandusky's on-campus office and access was given to him by the University President, who watched JoePa's 400th win with Sandusky as an invited guest in the presidential box.

Paterno's biggest folly was not following up. He informed the university administration about a second-hand account concerning a retired member of Paterno's staff. He saw nothing, but simply heard the account from a subordinate. Those in charge of the investigation then kept Sandusky around. If you reported a similar account to the police and later saw that the accused individual was free, should you be held accountable for not following up if the person was free simply because the police officer did not do his/her job?

It is a pity that Paterno's legacy will be tainted simply because he trusted that others were doing their job.

Bill in Nebraska
Maryville, MO

Hawkeye79 you've posted the only true and respectful response of all the others. The article that was written about his death other than reported highlights what he did on and off the field. He was more than a football coach. He touched the lives of everyone he came in contact with. He was more moral, more righteous than 3/4 of the posters on this board, including probably even myself. Hindsight is always 20/20. He fully admits that he didn't know what to do. Really, how many of us have been put in that same position. Before you condemn him for his part maybe some of you need to understand. He reported it to his superiors. It was heresay for him to say anything to the police because he didn't witness it himself. The so-called witness says he reported it to the police, but nothing I repeat nothing is shown in a police report. So how can any of you fault Coach Paterno shows your own holier than thou attitude.

Burley, ID

It's all too easy to criticize a dead man in the court of public opinion.

I'm appalled that so many are willing to pillory Joe Paterno before the courts have even finished judging Sandusky.

Doesn't "Joe Pa" deserve the same withholding of judgment? Can't we wait at least until the courts have delved into the case, rendered a judgment and concluded exactly how Joe Paterno was involved?

The man isn't even dead 24 hours and many, in their almighty wisdom, have decided that Joe Paterno is guilty.

What does it say about our society when we don't even allow Joe Paterno's family the dignity of holding his funeral before jumping in with zeal and publicly and verbosely proclaiming him guilty?

To those who think they know exactly what went on, you need to remember that newspaper and media reports are not reliable. If they were then "Dewey" would have been the 34th President of the United States.


For those of you that think Coach Paterno was a "bad man" or failed the morality test I suggest that it's you that have failed.

Men like Coach Paterno are from another time. He lived his life with the belief that people were like him - good, honest, hard working and committed to his passion - which in this case was building the character of the young men he coached.

They never think about things like you do - they are too focused on the good in the world and the old ways that drive them to build character.

No player that ever played at Penn Sate would say less. He pushed his players to graduate and become successful in life. He was a beloved man because he was a good man.

Perhaps he was naive about these types of horrible things - the vast majority of men from his time are naive to these terrible deeds.

What he was not naive to was hard work, dedication and becoming the best you can.

Perhaps if America was more like him we would be in a better place - instead we all seem to quick to judge a person whose life goals was excellence.

Durham, NC

And here is the common thread I really dislike. Joe is guilty of not doing enough to prevent someone from doing something wrong. For this, he is being judged just as harshly as the one who actually committed these crimes.

I am so glad there are so man of you out there that have not committed a "sin or crime" of omission - that haven't driven by a stranded motorist, seen an accident and not stopped to render aid, had neighbors that we're having problems, or like in my case, a friend who committed suicide. To all you who haven't committed one of these sins of omission I tip my hat to you. Sainthood personified.

Since I am one who has failed to do all I should have done, more than once, I can feel empathy for Joe, for the moral heartache he must have had in his final days, for the friends who turned their back on him, and the jug dement of those who never did have to walk in his shoes.

I think Joe should be honored for his contributions to football, for the man he was, and also learn from his errors as an imperfect human.

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