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Franco Harris hosts pro-Paterno spring game event

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09:45 AM ET 04.20 | A day before they celebrated this year's end of Penn State spring football practice, more than 200 alumni and fans gathered Friday for an event hosted by Hall of Fame running back Franco Harris about the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. They remain angry about the circumstances surrounding the firing of the late coach Joe Paterno in the wake of Sandusky's arrest in November 2011. Presenters during the three-hour gathering claimed Penn State's firing of Paterno and acceptance of NCAA sanctions were done too hastily and without enough information. "Not everything is as it appears," Harris said, "and that's why we're here." They cited what they called discrepancies on several topics, notably between court testimony of Sandusky's trial and a lack of evidence in former FBI investigator Louis Freeh's report for the school that accused Paterno of covering up child abuse.

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April 20, 2013  10:13 AM ET

DAAAAMN Franco looks like Bin Laden with a trim.

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April 20, 2013  10:43 AM ET

Franco needs to realize that his hero had some serious flaws. While his loyalty is admirable, it may be a little misplaced here.

April 20, 2013  11:10 AM ET

What a bizarre culture that exists down at State College. They are more concerned with a deceased football coach and the football program than they are with the lives of innocent children.

April 20, 2013  02:02 PM ET

Too many helmet hits ...

April 20, 2013  02:20 PM ET

Being a Steeler fan....I was used to watching Franco run out of bounds when he had no business doing so. Same here.

April 20, 2013  06:07 PM ET
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Franco needs to realize that his hero had some serious flaws. While his loyalty is admirable, it may be a little misplaced here.

very misplaced. the more psu tries to ignore what took place, the worse they look.

April 20, 2013  10:47 PM ET
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very misplaced. the more psu tries to ignore what took place, the worse they look.

Curious here....I don't think they are trying to ignore what happened...but what do you want? Every practice and every game....what about every PSU article...to start off with an apology to what happened?

It happened, steps have been, and are being taken to acknowledge and rectify what happened...and the bad guys have been dealt with (I think).

While we cant and shouldn't forget...it is time to move on. The guys around now aren't the ones around then.

April 21, 2013  12:41 AM ET
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Curious here....I don't think they are trying to ignore what happened...but what do you want? Every practice and every game....what about every PSU article...to start off with an apology to what happened?It happened, steps have been, and are being taken to acknowledge and rectify what happened...and the bad guys have been dealt with (I think).While we cant and shouldn't forget...it is time to move on. The guys around now aren't the ones around then.

i agree with the majority of your statement. however, the article is about a "pro paterno spring game." many outside of the psu family see paterno as one of the "bad guys", myself included. he knew, he should be forgotten, not glorified. then move on.

April 21, 2013  08:31 AM ET
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i agree with the majority of your statement. however, the article is about a "pro paterno spring game." many outside of the psu family see paterno as one of the "bad guys", myself included. he knew, he should be forgotten, not glorified. then move on.

you are right. I misread the title. Paterno should be unknown.

 
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