NCAAF  > General NCAAF  > RIP JOE PA
January 22, 2012, 10:35 AM
Like him or or hate him...Approve or Disapprove of the way things went down....Kinda sad the way things ended....Great coach...Long History
January 22, 2012  10:59 AM ET

Great coach....one bad decision....RIP JoePa

January 22, 2012  11:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Great coach....one bad decision....RIP JoePa

Agreed.

January 22, 2012  11:22 AM ET

Great coach, great teacher. Football was only part of what he taught.

January 22, 2012  12:09 PM ET

His legacy was/is/will be defined by the 60 years of remarkable leadership and education, not by that one error in judgment.

RIP, JoePa.

January 22, 2012  01:02 PM ET

had his pick of the best talent in the country for decades and won 2 titles...not really that impressive to me...sort of like the Dean Smith od college football. Appeared to be a very likeable person much like St. John's Lou Carnesecca, but being likeable doesn't mean "great coach". was very generous to PSU no doubt, but also refused to step down when it was clear he should have...why? I think to get the record for most wins which is just selfish in my opinion. Finally and most importantly he knew of the horrific and despicable activity that Sandusky was accused of on numerous occassions, and what did he do? as little as possible to insure (a) he covered his back and (b) he protected PSU. I feel sad for his family and for millions who have a heavy heart today as fans of Mr Paterno. I hope he rests in peace, but my view is he was only great at one thing: turning a coaching job into an empire that covered up horrible behaviors for his own benefit...not a legacy I would ever want nor should anyone else.

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January 22, 2012  02:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

had his pick of the best talent in the country for decades and won 2 titles...not really that impressive to me...sort of like the Dean Smith od college football. Appeared to be a very likeable person much like St. John's Lou Carnesecca, but being likeable doesn't mean "great coach". was very generous to PSU no doubt, but also refused to step down when it was clear he should have...why? I think to get the record for most wins which is just selfish in my opinion. Finally and most importantly he knew of the horrific and despicable activity that Sandusky was accused of on numerous occassions, and what did he do? as little as possible to insure (a) he covered his back and (b) he protected PSU. I feel sad for his family and for millions who have a heavy heart today as fans of Mr Paterno. I hope he rests in peace, but my view is he was only great at one thing: turning a coaching job into an empire that covered up horrible behaviors for his own benefit...not a legacy I would ever want nor should anyone else.

Hey i thought one is required to wait a day or two before bashing the dead, unless your Mr Sandy Panties of course.

January 22, 2012  02:12 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

had his pick of the best talent in the country for decades and won 2 titles...not really that impressive to me...sort of like the Dean Smith od college football. Appeared to be a very likeable person much like St. John's Lou Carnesecca, but being likeable doesn't mean "great coach". was very generous to PSU no doubt, but also refused to step down when it was clear he should have...why? I think to get the record for most wins which is just selfish in my opinion. Finally and most importantly he knew of the horrific and despicable activity that Sandusky was accused of on numerous occassions, and what did he do? as little as possible to insure (a) he covered his back and (b) he protected PSU. I feel sad for his family and for millions who have a heavy heart today as fans of Mr Paterno. I hope he rests in peace, but my view is he was only great at one thing: turning a coaching job into an empire that covered up horrible behaviors for his own benefit...not a legacy I would ever want nor should anyone else.

Yet the people who knew him best when they were younger men ALL speak highly of him, both as a man and a coach.

January 22, 2012  02:42 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Hey i thought one is required to wait a day or two before bashing the dead, unless your Mr Sandy Panties of course.

Not on this site....32 second grace period and then the proverbial too soon?

January 22, 2012  02:45 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

The absence of football killed JoePa. "The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness."---Isaiah 57: 1-2Requiescat in pace, Coach.

Well said.

January 22, 2012  02:50 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

had his pick of the best talent in the country for decades and won 2 titles...not really that impressive to me...sort of like the Dean Smith od college football. Appeared to be a very likeable person much like St. John's Lou Carnesecca, but being likeable doesn't mean "great coach". was very generous to PSU no doubt, but also refused to step down when it was clear he should have...why? I think to get the record for most wins which is just selfish in my opinion. Finally and most importantly he knew of the horrific and despicable activity that Sandusky was accused of on numerous occassions, and what did he do? as little as possible to insure (a) he covered his back and (b) he protected PSU. I feel sad for his family and for millions who have a heavy heart today as fans of Mr Paterno. I hope he rests in peace, but my view is he was only great at one thing: turning a coaching job into an empire that covered up horrible behaviors for his own benefit...not a legacy I would ever want nor should anyone else.

You are a troubled soul who will reap no quarter when your feet of clay crumble and all who look upon your toppled form judge your hubris to be all there is of you.

January 22, 2012  07:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

The absence of football killed JoePa.

"The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness."---Isaiah 57: 1-2Requiescat in pace, Coach.

Very nice Harley.

January 22, 2012  07:37 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

His legacy was/is/will be defined by the 60 years of remarkable leadership and education, not by that one error in judgment.RIP, JoePa.

Can go with this one here. RIP

January 22, 2012  10:17 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Yet the people who knew him best when they were younger men ALL speak highly of him, both as a man and a coach.

28 fathers that played for Joe sent their sons to play for him.

The Penn State family loves and misses you Joe. My prayers go out to the Paterno family; they lost a father, grandfather, uncle and friend.

January 23, 2012  12:02 AM ET

Until recent events came to light, I'd always had the utmost respect for Coach Paterno. I still believe he was one of the good guys. I think he was an honorable man, who did a very dishonorable thing. His accomplishments and contributions to college football will never be forgotten. Unfortunately, neither will his decisions regarding Mr. Sandusky's activities.

May your troubled heart rest in peace, Mr. Paterno.

January 23, 2012  03:27 AM ET

RIP....JOE PA.....

January 23, 2012  12:51 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

His legacy was/is/will be defined by the 60 years of remarkable leadership and education, not by that one error in judgment.

RIP, JoePa.

This.

But it will take time. In the interim, bashers will have their chance.


On balance, you have to be extremely **** and judgemental to condemn Joe, when you view his career in total -- but those voices will dim over the years, thankfully.

January 23, 2012  12:53 PM ET

hmmph. That'd be an'a'l that got whacked up there.

January 23, 2012  01:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

That'd be an'a'l

 
January 23, 2012  01:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

This.But it will take time. In the interim, bashers will have their chance. On balance, you have to be extremely **** and judgemental to condemn Joe, when you view his career in total -- but those voices will dim over the years, thankfully.

I have patience.

Like a drunk watching revelers on New Years Eve - Let the amateurs have their fun for a day. Until you live every day of your life for decades with the residual impact of the great things JoePa did for Penn State, you'll never understand fully.

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