Joe Paterno wasn’t able to sweep his dirty secret under the run any longer. After saying he was going to finish out the season as head coach at Penn State, the school decided to fire Paterno — effective immediately. Paterno leaves as the all-time winningest coach in college football history.
Jerry Sandusky, Penn State’s former defensive coordinator, and his child molesting ways doomed Paterno. According to court documents, the Penn State head coach was made aware of Sandusky engaging in sex with a child back in 2002. While Paterno reported the act to his boss, he never followed up on the matter or told police.
Personally, I believe this was absolutely the correct call. What Sandusky did is horrible. Paterno should have stood up for the helpless child. Instead, he swept it under the rug and hoped it would disappear. It didn’t — and now the 84-year-old coaching legend will always be remembered as a coward who didn’t do the right thing when it really counted.
Bravo, Penn State. Shame on you, Joe Paterno.