Penn State head coach Joe Paterno is celebrated for his 324th career win through defeating Ohio State after the game at Beaver Field on October 27, 2001 in State College, Pennsylvania. According to reports on November 9, 2011, Paterno will step down as head coach at the end of the season amid allegations that former assistant Jerry Sandusky was involved with child sex abuse.
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VANCOUVER — How many football wins does it take to balance the books for one broken child? How about for eight, or 15, or 20 children? Will 409 do it, or would Joe Paterno’s 410th, if he could have lasted long enough to get it, have made all the difference?
How many millions of dollars contributed by a coach to his university does it take to cancel out one tragically flawed, cynical decision, nine years ago, that protected The Brand at the cost of one forever damaged preteen, who was being sacrificed to save it.
How long past his usefulness could a football coach expect to stay employed before he risked eroding all the good he has done in his career and his life, risked being viewed as a vain old man wielding his immense power to fight off all attempts to take it away?...read more