A new HBO film shows how Jerry Sandusky revealed flaws in Joe Paterno that no one, least of all the coach himself, knew were there
Joe Paterno coached football at Pennsylvania State University for 62 years, 46 of them as head coach, winning 409 games (a major college record) and two national championships. Five times he was chosen Coach of the Year by his peers in the American Football Coaches Association. His Nittany Lions’ 1987 Fiesta Bowl victory over the Miami Hurricanes was the most watched college football game at the time.
He will be remembered, though, for just one season, 2011, when he was fired by the Penn State board of trustees in the midst of the ugliest sports-related scandal in American history. Which is not to call the rape of dozens of boys a sports scandal. He could have imagined no more bitter irony than being remembered for just one season.