Jerry Sandusky

Joe Paterno: Paternal Failure

Once the grandfather of college football, Joe Paterno betrayed those who trusted him.
<p> Once the grandfather of college football, Penn State coach Joe Paterno betrayed those who trusted him.</p>

The surname Paterno mirrors the word paternal, whose Latin root “pater” means “father.”

For decades, that was a fitting twist of fate for Joe Paterno, who was by all accounts the grandfather of college football. The myth of “JoePa” was built on what now appears to be the illusion of integrity rather than the bedrock of principle most assumed.