Penn State Football Scandal: 7 Possible Replacements for Joe Paterno

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Penn State Football Scandal: 7 Possible Replacements for Joe Paterno
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For decades now, everyone has speculated about not only when Penn State football coach Joe Paterno would retire from coaching, but also eventually who would be the guy to fill his legendary shoes.

Yet Paterno has never uttered the R word, and many have wondered if he ever will.

However, could the recent scandal at Penn State do what Father Time has been unable to do and force Paterno off of the Penn State sideline?

By scandal, I'm referring to former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky who was indicted  by a grand jury on sexual abuse charges, which connected him to a number of incidents dating back to 1995 and as recent as 2005.

Sandusky, who retired from Penn State in 1999, faces 40 counts on charges including involuntary deviant sexual intercourse with a minor less than 16 years old, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault of a minor less than 13 years old and endangering the welfare of a child, among others.

Several high profile Penn State figures, including Paterno testified against the grand jury appeared before the grand jury during the investigation.

The press release from the Pennsylvania Attorney General paints an ugly picture.

Even uglier has been the lack of action taken by the university since the incident, as Yahoo Sports Dan Wetzel breaks down.

As for Paterno's involvement, some may say he did the right thing by reporting Sandusky to his superior in Tim Curley, who is facing perjury charges himself.

Paterno released a statement to The Patriot News in Harrisburg that said, "If true, the nature and amount of charges made are very shocking to me and all Penn Staters. While I did what I was supposed to with the one charge brought to my attention, like anyone else involved I can't help but be deeply saddened these matters are alleged to have occurred."

Yet, Curley worked for Paterno much more than Paterno worked for him, so Paterno could have called the police himself and the fact that he didn't could ultimately cost him his job.

It's a far worse charge than anything any other college program has ever come under. Penn State knowingly let a child predator practically live for free on its campus and did nothing to stop it.

Paterno has survived a lot through his legendary career, including a span where it seemed half of his team broke the law, but to save face, heads are going to have to roll at Penn State, and that could include Paterno.

Sandusky was once viewed as a possible replacement for Paterno. If this is ultimately the knife in the back for Paterno, let's take a look at seven guys who could ultimately replace him.

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