My “dad” has been fired and it’s a heartbreaking moment for me. Joe Paterno could very easily be my own dad’s brother or my dad, himself – they look that much alike. And because of that, Joe has always had a place in my heart,, as has Penn State.
Joe should’ve taken more aggressive action regarding this alleged scandal. Even he agreed with that in his resignation letter today. Morally, he was bereft. Within the letter of the law, he did what he was supposed to do. But it’s the moral question that did him in. He should have done the more right thing and reported these allegations.
It’s heartbreaking to see his career end this way: the winningest coach in college football to lose his job under these circumstances. And by phone.
As ESPN said tonight – this is the ultimate fall from grace for one of the greatest college football coaches in American history.