Originally Posted by malman89
To the sports community, they'll recognize the terrible chapter in JoePa's extensive life story, but take into consideration the whole story - not just a single chapter.
Except that the sports community is just as quarrelsome as everyone else. There are plenty of knowledgeable college football fans that attribute his legendary status primarily to mere longevity, which is itself remarkable, rather than to exceptional coaching abilities on the field. He was a very good coach who had an exceptionally long career. Also, like any controversial sports figure (Barry Bonds or Pete Rose for example), Joe Paterno's story cannot be told without referencing the scandals that brought Paterno down and the subsequent fatal decline of his health.
Oh, God, God, God! What on earth was I drinking last night? My head feels like there's a Frenchman living in it. - Edmund Blackadder