And I won’t understand what parents across this country are feeling until, God willing, one day I’ve become one myself. But what has happened at Penn State University has shaken me to the core, nonetheless.
Once the grandfather of college football, Joe Paterno betrayed those who trusted him.
The surname Paterno mirrors the word paternal, whose Latin root “pater” means “father.”
For decades, that was a fitting twist of fate for Joe Paterno, who was by all accounts the grandfather of college football. The myth of “JoePa” was built on what now appears to be the illusion of integrity rather than the bedrock of principle most assumed.
Joe Paterno did not stop Jerry Sandusky's alleged abuse, so Mike McQueary should have
In 1992 Sinead O'Connor stood on the stage of Saturday Night Live, held up a photograph of Pope John Paul II, sang the word "evil" and ripped up the photo to protest child abuse by the Catholic church.
And from that point on, her world came crashing down.
The Penn State coach had to know about Jerry Sandusky. And he had to do something.
I remember where I was Ronald Reagan was shot. I remember where I was when the space shuttle Challenger disintegrated over the Atlantic Ocean. I remember where I was when two airplanes hit the Twin Towers. I remember where I was when Twitter blew up with rumors that Osama Bin Laden had been killed.
For the first time since 1965, Joe Paterno will not roam the sidelines this Saturday at Penn State. Replacing a coach that won 409 games won’t be easy, and the coaching search is even more difficult with an interim athletic director.
Who will be Penn State's coach in 2012? Here's a look at some realistic candidates, as well as some longshots to watch in the search.
The legendary coach has been fired for the scandal surrounding sexual abuse allegations
Joe Paterno has been fired from Penn State University. In the wake of the sexual abuse scandal involving his assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, the longest tenured coach in college football's career is now over.
Our 1995 "Deep Roots in Happy Valley" profile of Jerry Sandusky and Joe Paterno
In light of the recent, disgusting events that have come out regarding Jerry Sandusky's alleged child sexual abuse while working as an assistant under Joe Paterno at Penn State, we feel that some of our archival content regarding Joe Paterno is worth revisiting now.
This article originally appeared in Athlon Sports 1995 Big Ten regional edition. Jerry Sandusky's quotes are in bold.