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Joe Pa, compromised principles

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Penn State’s beloved long-time winning coach, Joe Paterno, was worshipped by many. He taught countless young men to excel on the football field, and pushed them to excel academically. He was a role model to many, and Penn State University took pride in being honorably linked to him. Paterno died shortly after Jerry Sandusky, one of his long-time assistant coaches, was charged with sexual abuse of an unknown number of boys and young men on and off campus.

On July 22, a crew removed the statue of Paterno from the football stadium. Many PSU fans and students believe it is the correct course of action, some opining that the statue will conjure up, not his victorious football legacy, but the legacy of many young people whose lives were destroyed, or at least, adversely affected by the actions of one of Paterno’s most trusted assistant coaches.

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