I am also a Penn State alum and a mom of three children, two of them young boys. I share your disgust and I mourn the loss of innocence of all of those victims. I also mourn the loss of our icon, Joe Paterno. Paterno was more than a football coach. For decades, he embodied how to lead with respect, honor and high standards. Unfortunately, now he must be judged himself by those same high standards. I agree with the board's decision, but I do not applaud it. There is nothing here to cheer about. I am deeply saddened by all aspects of this ordeal.
Read my take on all this scandal means for Penn Staters. http://awhineintime.wordpress.com/2011/11/10/mourning-the-loss-of-p...
I am heartbroken. As I have mentioned many times before, I am a proud Penn Stater. Or, at least, I have been until this week.
Penn Staters have lost a hero this week. Joe Paterno is now theformer head coach of Penn State football. Until last night, he has been an icon, a role model, and held God-like status among Penn State fans. Until this week, that status was earned and well-deserved. Paterno has always deflected the praise and fame that came with his status. His number one priority was about doing his best for Penn State University first, Penn State football second. Paterno was the backbone of Penn State’s “Success with Honor” program. For years, Joe Paterno resisted aggressive recruiting tactics, enforced academics over athletics among his players, and held a zero tolerance standard for his players that no other big football program could match.
Penn Staters and Penn State fans have admired, cheered for, and loved Joe Paterno for all that he has done for our university and all that he has taught the Penn State community about what is truly important. Paterno’s name has been synonymous with the ideals of ethics, honor and respect. Until now.