Joe Paterno Book Sheds No New Light on Penn State Football Scandal

Randy ChambersAnalyst IAugust 16, 2012

STATE COLLEGE, PA - OCTOBER 29:  Joe Paterno addresses the media after the game against the Illinois Fighting Illini on October 29, 2011 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania.  The Nittany Lions defeated the Fighting Illini 10-7.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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As the new college football season begins to kick off, we haven't heard any real Penn State news lately. Well, at least for a couple of days, but that seems like forever in this media age.

While the Nittany Lions should be preparing for the regular season, we are so used to hearing some type of breaking news surrounding the Sandusky scandal that keeps us occupied for an hour or so.

Oops, I think I found some. 

Remember when the news first broke that former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky molested many children over several years? This, of course, led to the firing of legendary head coach Joe Paterno, as it was reported that he knew about the horrible crimes and simply did not do anything to prevent further harm to children.

Well, it appears that he was extremely upset about being shown the door and could not control his emotions when it happened. According to sportswriter Joe Posnanski and his new excerpts from a biography on former coach Paterno, (A book he was in the process of writing before the scandal broke out) the coach we all knew and loved was beyond devastated. (Via

On Thursday, Paterno met with his coaches at his house. He sobbed uncontrollably. This was his bad day. Later, one of his former captains, Brandon Short, stopped by the house. When Brandon asked, "How are you doing, Coach?" Paterno answered, "I'm okay," but the last syllable was shaky, muffled by crying, and then he broke down and said, "I don't know what I'm going to do with myself." Nobody knew how to handle such emotion. Joe had always seemed invulnerable. On Thursday, though, he cried continually.

So a man who was involved with Penn State since 1950, when he was an assistant, doesn't know what to do with himself after he was fired due to one of the biggest scandals in all of sports? Who would have thought?

In other news, water is still wet, the sky is still blue and humans need oxygen to live.

Paterno lived for Penn State, as it was all he ever knew. He helped build the program from the ground up and due to some very unfortunate circumstances, everything he worked for was taken in the matter of months (Literally).

"My name," he told Jay Paterno "I have spent my whole life trying to make that name mean something. And now it's gone."

This really isn't news, it is simply a human having the same reaction any of us would have had, had it been us in this situation. When you work your whole life for something and then find out it was all for not, you are probably going to shed a tear or two.

While Posnanski is a brilliant writer and the book could provide us with a few goodies we didn't already know about, the excerpts that have been released so far are not exactly shocking and do not shed any new light on this situation.