By Josh Kramer
409 victories. 61 years. 24 bowl wins. Three Big Ten Championships. Two National Championships. And one massive mistake. How many times have each of us been told, “The reputation of a thousand years may be determined by the conduct of one hour (or something similar)?” Joe Paterno was a man who seemingly did everything right. He was larger than life in Happy Valley. With the release of the 267-page Freeh report, the truth has been set free. Paterno’s legacy will forever be tarnished, and deservedly so. The former God-Like figure in Happy Valley will now be forever associated with victims, and not wins.
I by no means am a Penn State fan or critic. Nor “was” I a fan or critic of Paterno. I always respected the coach who was known as the “embodiment of integrity.” Now I have no respect for Paterno, the Penn State football program, and all involved in this horrific cover-up. Happy Valley by no means is a “Happy” place these days. Continue reading