Clearly, he was not.
Too often we equate success on the field with character. We assume winners are admirable. Joe Paterno won the most games in college football history. Everyone assumed he was a man of great character.
Until we learned the awful truth. Despite unprecedented success on the gridiron, Joe Paterno failed when it mattered most.
Penn State took down the Joe Paterno statue Saturday. There are Joe supporters who wanted the statue to remain, trying to separate his football legacy from his personal disgrace. Those people are delusional, Joe had to go.
The Penn State football program was severely punished by the NCAA today. I spent some time listening to sports talk radio, and there are people who think the penalties went too far, punishing current Penn State players who had nothing to do with the scandal. That's true, but it misses the point.
Penn State, as an institution, covered up horrendous crimes against children. In my mind, no penalty is too severe.