Everyone knows that the key to winning as a big-time coach is keeping your players eligible. Some of that effort is legal, some not. Give the players tutors and gut courses, or even have someone write term papers for them. Get the campus police and the local cops to cooperate. Hey, boys will be boys. Overlook. Blind eye. Forgive them their trespasses as game day approaches. Keep them eligible. Joe Paterno was a football coach all of his long, adult life. Like all coaches, after a while, keeping your players eligible is second nature. When his old assistant was in trouble, that must’ve kicked in. Joe Paterno kept Jerry Sandusky eligible. If he has a legacy, that’s it.
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Joe Paterno’s Legacy: Protect Players At All Costs by Frank Deford

A brutal remembrance.

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  17. adoptarebeatitas said: That’s an interesting theory, but the truth is we will never know if that is what Joe Paterno did or not.
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  26. growlerfridays said: Imagine the exact same scenario, but instead of assistant coach, call Sandusky the associate professor of art history. You really think Penn State would handle it the same way?
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  28. mspinkla said: Comparing sports “eligibility” to the molestation and rape of innocent young boys is disgusting and irresponsible. I understand what the writer is TRYING to do, but he’s failed miserably. Joe Paterno aided a pedophile, he did not keep Sandusky “eligible.”