Joe Paterno’s Legacy

This post refers to espn.go.com

Rick Reilly:

[Former Penn St. defensive back Adam] Taliaferro wound up in a hospital bed in Philadelphia, everything frozen solid below the neck. Doctors said he had about a 3 percent chance of walking again. And every other week, Paterno would fly to Philly to see him.

At some point, it’s very possible that we will find out Joe Paterno covered something up. If so, that’s unforgivable. But in the meantime, he is innocent until proven guilty. And in the wake of his passing, we can’t forget all that good things this guy did for so many people.

And just to be clear, I am not condoning Paterno for doing anything that even skims the idea of a coverup. But we don’t know anything yet. Him simply admitting that he “should have done more” means nothing. Everyone who has ever been associated with a scandal or tragedy has wished they’d done more. Simply feeling that way is not an admission of guilt.

The most important thing in all of this is that people who did wrong on punished. But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t hoping for Paterno to be vindicated.