Joe Paterno’s career is over. It did not end well.

Writing in the midst of a cauldron of charges and investigations about child abuse, is not easy. Writing with certainty about anything in such times is not wise. I therefore make no other pronouncements other than this: All of this matter.

By that, I mean to say, Paterno’s legacy will matter. I don’t just mean his legacy as a Brown educated coach, Brooklyn-accent, Easterner who preferred reading classics to hunting deer in a blue collar Western PA place called “Happy Valley.” I don’t mean his legacy as the man who not only impacted the football reputation of that college but, as Bill Pennington put it in the New York Times, “was Penn State.”

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