For most people, the case is fully closed on Joe Paterno. He was a very good football coach for years and years, beloved by many, but he also likely knew about his assistant coach Jerry Sandusky’s sexual abuse of children for years, perhaps decades, without doing anything about it. That he could ignore such a series of unconscionable, evil acts for so long is unforgivable, no matter how many games he won — well, unless you’re a die-hard Penn State fan.
You don’t have to look very far to find swaths of apologists and deniers on the internet who plug their ears when they hear of JoePa’s misdeeds (or worse, counter that his involvement in the community outweighed criminal negligence), and apparently some of them are still making decisions at Penn State University, which should really be trying to distance itself as much as possible. Yet, on the football team’s promotional schedule for this season, whose name should we see but Joe friggin’ Paterno: