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Can Paterno survive Penn State scandal?

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10:02 AM ET 11.06 | Joe Paterno is done. The 84-year-old Penn State head coach, whose eventual retirement is the subject of annual speculation, will no longer be the one making that decision. If the indictments brought by a grand jury and announced by state Attorney General Linda Kelly result in convictions of former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky for a sick history of sexual assaults on children, and two Penn State officials for failing to act on those allegations and then lying about it, then Paterno also has to be dismissed in the clean sweep that must follow. Paterno escaped indictment because he told athletic director Tim Curley about an alleged 2002 incident in which a graduate student reported discovering Sandusky performing sex acts on a boy who was about 10 years old in the shower area of a football locker room. Paterno told Curley, who failed to report it to the proper authorities, according to the attorney general. Then Paterno apparently did nothing.

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November 6, 2011  10:10 AM ET

His time has passed. No wonder younger more qualified coaches at 60 can't find employment when these 84 year geezers don't retire.

November 6, 2011  10:11 AM ET

No, not even Joe Pa if he really did look the other way after running it up the system.

November 6, 2011  10:11 AM ET

If this is all true....You clean the whole F%$king house. Disgusting.

November 6, 2011  10:14 AM ET

Horrible way for JoePa to go out but ... you are a human first, coach second.

November 6, 2011  10:16 AM ET

This is the most heinous acts of cruelty to a child I have read about in a very long time. What makes this case so sickening is the length of time it took to bring these allegations to light. No form of justice will restore the victim???s innocence. However, once all of the assailants have been successfully prosecuted and found guilty, I hope they suffer the same wrath as Jeffrey Dahmer, Timothy McVeigh, and John Allen Mohammad.

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November 6, 2011  10:25 AM ET
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This is the most heinous acts of cruelty to a child I have read about in a very long time. What makes this case so sickening is the length of time it took to bring these allegations to light. No form of justice will restore the victim???s innocence. However, once all of the assailants have been successfully prosecuted and found guilty, I hope they suffer the same wrath as Jeffrey Dahmer, Timothy McVeigh, and John Allen Mohammad.

Not counting that Big Church from Rome???

November 6, 2011  10:38 AM ET

Penn State deserves the NCAA "Death Penalty".

November 6, 2011  10:42 AM ET
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If this is all true....You clean the whole F%$king house. Disgusting.

True, and the only way to go from here.

November 6, 2011  10:44 AM ET

Disgusting... Really no other way to say it.

Clean the whole house...

And shame on the HC for not following up on it.

November 6, 2011  10:45 AM ET
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Penn State deserves the NCAA "Death Penalty".

I think a law was broken, not an NCAA rule but I could be wrong. I think this is more in the law enforcement's court. I'm not sure the NCAA has the authority to incarcerate people.

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November 6, 2011  10:52 AM ET
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I think a law was broken, not an NCAA rule but I could be wrong. I think this is more in the law enforcement's court. I'm not sure the NCAA has the authority to incarcerate people.

He'll, the NCAA doesn't have the authority to demand an interview with people

November 6, 2011  10:56 AM ET

I think this says as much about us as sports fans as it does about college football. Sad, sad, sad: http://wp.me/pB5cu-ae

November 6, 2011  10:57 AM ET

I think this says as much about us as sports fans as it does about college football. Sad, sad, sad: http://wp.me/pB5cu-ae

November 6, 2011  10:59 AM ET

Gee(zus), I wonder church Paterno attends? Some religions tend to cover up this sort of crime.

November 6, 2011  11:01 AM ET
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Gee(zus), I wonder church Paterno attends? Some religions tend to cover up this sort of crime.

Generally Italians are Catholic.

There you go.

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November 6, 2011  11:03 AM ET
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I think a law was broken, not an NCAA rule but I could be wrong. I think this is more in the law enforcement's court. I'm not sure the NCAA has the authority to incarcerate people.

The death penalty is the popular term for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)'s power to ban a school from competing in a sport for at least one year. It is the harshest penalty that an NCAA member school can receive.

This happened in the shower of the football locker room. They should be hammered by law enforcement and the NCAA.

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