Penn State Football

Jerry Sandusky's Arrest Should Not Impact Joe Paterno's Legacy

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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Michael MillSenior Analyst IIINovember 5, 2011

Penn State's squeaky clean image took a major shot this afternoon with the announcement of the arrest of former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.

Sandusky was the defensive coordinator for Penn State from 1977 to 1999.

The coach of the two-time National Champion Nittany Lions was arrested today on 40 criminal counts. He is accused of sexual abuse to eight boys.

Penn State's administrator and athletic director were also charged with perjury and failing to report knowing of the said allegations.

So much for the unblemished image that has stood strong at Penn State for decades.

The recent events have begun to raise questions about beloved head coach Joe Paterno and what the impact of the findings will have on his legacy.

Paterno, the winningest coach in Division 1 football history, was not charged. The grand jury report failed to mention any wrongdoings by Paterno.

In fact, the report states that when Paterno found out about the first accusation, he immediately reported it to athletic director Tim Curley.

That accusation came after Sandusky was no longer coaching for the team.

The findings at Penn State are disturbing, but right now it appears that Coach Paterno is not at fault in any way whatsoever.

Despite the allegations on his former defensive coordinator, the legendary head coach can not be held accountable for what may have transpired.

The Penn State image may be tarnished, but Coach Paterno's legacy should remain in tact as one of the most genuine and phenomenal in college football history.

Paterno has been instrumental both on and off the field in the State College community.

That image shouldn't change due to the actions of a different person.

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