Sad thing is, Paterno is really no different from an overwhelming number of coaches in college football (or basketball, for that matter). How often do we hear of Luke Fickell talking about how he has no idea what is going on in the world other than football practice, games and film room study? That's how head coaches at these programs operate. They literally don't try to look at anything else...just keep the machine running.
Speaking of which, everyone attached to a leadership position at Penn St is responsible for this, even and especially the Board of Trustees, who ignored investigations into Sandusky's actions for years. IMO, they're just as guilty as Spanier, Curley, Schultz, Paterno, etc. Schultz, by the way, was in charge of university police. As far as I'm concerned, when McQueary was called in to speak with Schultz and Curley, he was talking to the AD and Chief of PSU Police. Let that sink in: The Chief of PSU Police had the information and did nothing. I find that more offensive than probably anything else.
That's why I felt that PSU should not be allowed to play football the rest of the year. The way I see it, the institution and its leaders have forfeited their right to field a football team for the rest of the year due to its egregious failures. Instead, they still continue to cash in on being Penn St Football both home and away, and could even get paid at the Rose Bowl. They talk about using it to raise awareness of child abuse? I call b.s. Even a systemic coverup by the university leadership and its football program of the actions of an assistant coach, both while active and in retirement, can't stop them from cashing in on being a big time football program. Just keep the machine running. (I know I'm in the very small minority with that stance. But that's my opinion.)
I've always respected Penn St, and I'm sure I will again; good school, great alumni...but it'll take awhile to respect their leadership again. My thoughts are with the victims; may they find the peace they need to overcome what they experienced.